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I posted awhile back about this issue and someone suggested to get the light sensors that have tinted lenses.

I have looked everywhere around town, eBay, and tried Google.

I cannot find tinted lenses anywhere.

I have a Genie garage door opener with a 16' garage door.

My problem:
When the sun is shining brightly, my garage door will not close. The sun light is so bright that the light cannot reach theother sensor.

I know this is the problem because I pulled up my car to block the sun from the light beam, and it would work. When I moved it and let the sun shine again, it would not work.

So far, I have tried changing the angle of each receptor/receiver, and switched the sides they are on. I also tried to place something to cover the lense area hoping to block the lilght enough for it to wor, but that did not help.

Someone said I could get the tinted lenses on my receptors, but cannot find them anywhere.

Any suggestions?

Buy some car window tint and apply it yourself?

buy some pieces of colored acrylic at hobby shop?

Great ideas. I will look into those today.

Thanks

Move you garage to the other direction.

MajorDarkside said: [Q]Move you garage to the other direction.

If you meant sensors, I already tried that.

If you meant the entire garage, I am taking donations.

<pinky to lips>I will move the sun for you for ONE MILLLLLLION DOLLLLERS<Dr. Evil laugh>

ccualumni said: [Q]MajorDarkside said: [Q]Move you garage to the other direction.

If you meant sensors, I already tried that.

If you meant the entire garage, I am taking donations.

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Tape empty toilet paper roll tubes or christmas wrap tubes or paper towel tubes to them...they'll act as blinders.

MajorDarkside said: [Q]Tape empty toilet paper roll tubes or christmas wrap tubes or paper towel tubes to them...they'll act as blinders.

i'd recommend trying the tp blinders.

miserly said: [Q]MajorDarkside said: [Q]Tape empty toilet paper roll tubes or christmas wrap tubes or paper towel tubes to them...they'll act as blinders.

i'd recommend trying the tp blinders.

Obviously any of them can be cut to size...I was just offering different options for the tubes... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>


I tried to put a "blinder" on the sensors and it did not work. It seems that if the sun is too bright anywhere on the sensor line, it prevents it from working.

ccualumni said: [Q]I tried to put a "blinder" on the sensors and it did not work. It seems that if the sun is too bright anywhere on the sensor line, it prevents it from working.

Looks like my first tip is going to be the answer then...move the garage. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>



You might try this trick. It doesn't solve the problem of the infrared light from sun interfering with the sensors but it might be a viable workaround. Some garage door openers allow for the operation when the sensor isn't functioning -- hold the button down on the remote control unit for two seconds and continue to hold the button as the door closes.

Theoretically any light that crosses a path should not be noticeable if one is looking perpendicular to the light beam, unless the light is striking and reflecting off objects in its path. Do you have a lot of dust or airborne particulate matter in the area?

If that's the case maybe the resulting reflections are overloading the sensor, or there's a cutoff threshold so that the system doesn't get fooled into thinking the path is unobstructed when if fact there's a kid there blocking the beam, but the Sunlight is shining on the sensor. In which case maybe cutting down the light hitting the receiving sensor is the key. Try placing a sunglass lens in front of it. Try it with a few different lenses.

Take the two sensors off their mounts, screw them into the cieling about 2 inches apart, and your problem is solved. Just don't sue me when your car/bicycle/child gets caught when the door comes down.

MrGrackles said: [Q]Take the two sensors off their mounts, screw them into the cieling about 2 inches apart, and your problem is solved. Just don't sue me when your car/bicycle/child gets caught when the door comes down.

<golf clap>

Seriously, something isn't right...there's NO WAY the sun is too bright in the light path...no way. If it is, we'd ALL be fried. The sun has got to be shining in one of the sensors. I've had it happen once, but 5 minutes later it was fine because the sun had moved just enough...the earth moved just enough actually.

I guess you mean the safety sensors that prevent the doors operation when something is in the way? I have a Genie Screw Drive and my garage door is facing South. Do you have the sensors mounted outside? Mine are mounted inside the door, but about six inches either side of the door, so outside light can't get in. I mounted them to the concrete foundation using a Tapcon screw kit from Home Despot for $4.

They are inside of the garage.

I know it is the sun because when they would not work, I pulled my Explorer up so that it would block the sun completely and it worked. I backed the Explorer up to expose the sun again, and they would not work anymore.

I do not want to make them so they do not stop the garage door at all, we have three dogs and they do not wait for the door to go under it (only one of our dogs gets to go out front).

I should have mentioned this earlier....

The lenses appear to be scratched up a good bit. Since I have never done anything with them, I have no idea how they got scratched up. I cleaned them with windex, but it still would not work.

Thanks

ccualumni said: [Q]They are inside of the garage.

I know it is the sun because when they would not work, I pulled my Explorer up so that it would block the sun completely and it worked. I backed the Explorer up to expose the sun again, and they would not work anymore.

I do not want to make them so they do not stop the garage door at all, we have three dogs and they do not wait for the door to go under it (only one of our dogs gets to go out front).

I should have mentioned this earlier....

The lenses appear to be scratched up a good bit. Since I have never done anything with them, I have no idea how they got scratched up. I cleaned them with windex, but it still would not work.

Thanks
They may not be scratches, they may be spider webs like on mine. Just try moving them back from the door a little, that should do it. Mine sit back in the shadows, but they can still "see" each other. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

[Q]They may not be scratches, they may be spider webs like on mine. Just try moving them back from the door a little, that should do it. Mine sit back in the shadows, but they can still "see" each other

Good idea. I will try that tomorrow.

They are definitely scratches. I took the sensors apart and ran water over the lenses.



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