Report on Energy Efficient Light Bulbs in Overhead Door Motors
Overhead Door™ conducted a test on some of the most common compact energy-efficient light bulbs. We determined which to use in the Odyssey and Destiny openers. After looking at the report below, it looks like all the spiral style bulbs 20W and lower fit without a problem.
The 23W Sylvania Micro-Mini and Earthmate Super-Mini fit the best. Utlitech and TCP’s 23W versions go in, but interfere with the lens cover. The lens latches if pushed into position. GE’s hybrid bulb that looks like an incandescent bulb doesn’t fit.
Note that many times installing an energy efficient light bulb in an automatic garage door opener can cause interference with the handheld remote. If your remote only works close to your garage door after changing the bulb to fluorescent energy-efficient light bulbs, then you might want to go back to incandescent bulbs to resolve the problem.
The CFL Report
BRAND NAME – Actual (Wattage) – Equivalent (Wattage) – Lumens – Results (Yes/No) – Comments
TCP/First Energy 23 100 1600 Yes Interference
Utlitech 1600 Series 23 100 1600 Yes Interference
Earthmate Super-Mini 23 100 1650 Yes
Standard Incandescent 60 60 850 Yes
Standard Incandescent 75 75 1170 Yes
Standard Incandescent 100 100 1650 Yes
Sylvania Mini Craft Light 13 60 800 Yes
Sylvania Micro-Mini 20 75 1280 Yes
Sylvania Micro-Mini 23 100 1630 Yes
Utlitech 1100 Series 18 75 1200 Yes
GE Energy Smart Hybrid 20 75 1100 No
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