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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 10-29-2020 07:42 PM 1232 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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10-29-2020 07:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: electric voodo

I know that you will have fun with this one.
I am no stranger to electrical wiring (not a pro either for sure) but it seems that quite often, but not always, when I walk past the front of my car while it is in the garage my opener light turns on but the opener does not start.

Any ideas as to what is going on? Could it be static electricity as I do have a piece of walk way carpet there? larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.


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#1 posted 10-29-2020 08:08 PM

Not strange – normal.
Most new garage openers have an IR or motion sensor that turns light on when it detects someone or movement in garage. It’s is energy saving feature. Don’t need to turn on your garage light when you enter, and then forget to shut it off after you drive off, and leave light on all day while at work.

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#2 posted 10-29-2020 08:12 PM

Thanks Capt, but why would it not be consistant unless it was defective? I guess I can check the manual and see if it has that capability. Worth a try. It does turn itself off but seems to do so by a timed device. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#3 posted 10-29-2020 08:13 PM

I’m guessing that this is a somewhat new behavior or you wouldn’t be surprised by it? Can’t tell what is going on, but many garage door openers have motion detectors that will turn on the light when motion is detected inside the garage. Which opener do you have? I know many come with that already built in, and others, like my cheap Genie have it as an extra price add-in option. Maybe yours has the feature and it recently got turned on by accident?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 10-29-2020 08:14 PM

Are you tripping the light beam at the bottom of the door? My opener light comes on whenever the beam is crossed. My opener is probably 12 -13 years old.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 10-29-2020 08:21 PM

IMHO – inconsistency is likely due the vehicle in garage.
Guessing IR reflections are bouncing off the vehicle and reaching the sensor. Get a new vehicle recently, maybe wax an old one?
Or
maybe opener is communicating that vehicles are supposed to parked outside in driveway, and only tools are supposed to be the in the garage?
Lool

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#6 posted 10-29-2020 08:23 PM

BRAD: it has started this within the last 12-18 months. I have a Genie Model 3024 installed 7 years ago.
IntelliG 1000/1200 Excelerator ll. The opener is above the hood of the car that I walk in front of. Nothing ever said about that IR. Update: Same 2012 vehicle no wax for 7yrs.

SHAVER: the light beam was installed high near the ceiling and near the opener. I forget why we had it done that way but at the time it made sense.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#7 posted 10-29-2020 08:27 PM

I will be offline for a while. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#8 posted 10-29-2020 10:50 PM

It was installed there to prevent it from performing it’s safety function. The broken beam is meant to stop the moving door when someone or something is in the path of the door. Definitely could cause an injury. I would install it properly.

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#9 posted 10-29-2020 11:11 PM

It is that time of year.
Your garage maybe haunted!

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#10 posted 10-30-2020 12:40 AM

Well, thanks guys but i think that I will end this crazy post with ” Leave it to Murphy”

Take care over the unsettled issues of this day and age and keep on creating saw dust.
Don’t do anything stupid, I would miss you all. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#11 posted 10-30-2020 01:03 AM

Be sure to fix that safety beam. The life you save or injury you prevent may be your own. Stay safe!

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#12 posted 10-30-2020 01:38 AM

I have seen this before. Certain flourescent lights anywhere in the shop, or compact flourescent CFL bulbs in the opener, make the motion sense wonky. I think it has to do with frequency. You may still be able to get “heavy duty” incandescent bulbs for garage doors and ceiling fans that get vibration. I’ll bet that fixes it.

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#13 posted 10-30-2020 11:34 AM

IBE: I do need to put it in the correct place, thanks for the reminder.

SMP: I don’t have either of those circumstanses but thanks for your reply. Nice to know.

larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#14 posted 10-30-2020 02:15 PM

are the sensors on each side dirty or possibly misaligned slightly?

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#15 posted 10-30-2020 10:09 PM

Today it turned on three time as I walked by. Funny thing is it only does that when I walk in front of it entering the path from the drivers side of the front toward the passenger’s side while leaving from the other bay of the garage. I don’t ever recall it turning on while going the other direction. Spooks I guess. Neither one of the other 2 do that. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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