I am currently having an issue where my garage door remote does not work when attempting to close the door. I have done a fair bit of research which suggested the light bulb next to the motor/antennae would be the culprit.

I have been able to confirm that it is something with the light as if I manually turn the light off, the remote works, but when the light is on it does not work, even if I am right beside the antennae. However, replacing the bulb, or even removing it entirely, does not fix the problem. Does anyone have a solution?

If there is no easy solution, who should I contact?


  • why would you think that the lightbulb would affect only the close function? .... since you said nothing about the "open" function, i assume that it works correctly ..... so the problem is either the remote is not sending the close command or something is over-riding the close command – jsotola Nov 29 '18 at 2:45
  • What type of lightbulb are you talking about? Smart, regular, etc. – Micah Montoya Nov 29 '18 at 13:43
  • How old is it? And what is the make and model number? Paragraph 2 suggests to me that there is an issue with the control board. The light being turned off fixes the issue, yet removing it or changing it doesn’t. The control board may need to be replaced, however as cheap as openers are installed these days it might be better to replace the whole thing. – Tyson Nov 29 '18 at 21:45

Check to make sure there is nothing interfeering with your sensors at the bottom of the rails and that All wires are connected securely. There is a lot of vibration from the door going up and down perhaps a wire has come off at the motor head or the sensors and check to see if your light are blinking on the sensors.


LED bulbs create RF interference that deafens the GDO receiver. Edison bulbs only in GDOs

  • Can you provide some sources to back up your statement? I doubt this would be uniformly true, especially for GDOs running in the UHF range (315 or 433MHz bands) where any rectifier or SMPS noise should darn well be negligible compared to the remaining noise floor. – ThreePhaseEel Nov 30 '18 at 4:56

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