Flash to Open™ Classic FAQs
Can anybody else's lights open my garage door?
NO! Flash to Open Classic is secure. It is just as safe, if not safer, than your current garage door opener. Flashing your lights is simply the triggering mechanism to activate the Flash to Open Classic transmitter. The transmitter is a radio frequency (RF) device that works the same way as your handheld remote. The first "flash" powers the transmitter, and the second "flash" sends out the signal to open or close your garage door.
If my neighbor gets a Flash to Open Classic, will he be able to open my garage door?NO! Each Flash to Open transmitter has its own, unique hexadecimal serial number, just like your handheld remote. Your transmitter is only programmed to your receiver. Only your transmitters programmed into the Flash to Open Classic receiver in your garage will activate your garage door.
Will it work in daylight?Yes! Flashing your high beams is strictly the triggering mechanism for the transmitter (just like pushing your current garage door opener remote button). It doesn't require light to work. Day or night, it will still activate your garage door.
Can I still open my door if I back into the garage?Yes! Since the Flash to Open Classic transmitter is a radio Frequency (RF) device, the signal is omnidirectional, meaning it goes everywhere. So even though the transmitter may be mounted at the front of your car or bike, the signal will still reach the Flash to Open Classic receiver in the garage.
Can I open my automatic gate with Flash to Open?Yes! Flash to Open Classic will work on automatic gates both hardwired and solar powered. Just wire the receiver to the gate motor.
Can I open more than one garage door with Flash to Open?
Yes! You can open any number of garage doors or gates with Flash to Open Classic. The only thing that you would need would be a Flash to Open Classic receiver installed at each door you want to open. Simply program your transmitter to the other receivers.
I have a two-car garage with one big door. Can I open the door with both cars?
Yes! All you would need to do would be to add an additional Flash to Open Classic transmitter to the second vehicle and program it into the existing Flash to Open Classic receiver in the garage. You can add up to 6 transmitters to one receiver.
Will my original handheld remotes still work with Flash to Open installed?
Yes! The Flash to Open Classic receiver simply "piggybacks" on to your existing system so the original handhelds will work like they always have (even though you won't need them any more).
I just moved into a new house and there are no remotes for the garage door opener. Can I install Flash to Open and will it work?
Yes you can and yes it will. Unlike some other systems in the market, Flash to Open Classic does not need a handheld remote to "train" or "teach" the receiver. Flash to Open Classic is a proprietary system that uses rolling code technology for security. It actually updates older analog garage door openers to state-of-the-art digital security (with the removal of the analog receiver).
When I ride my motorcycle I leave the high beams on. Is that OK?
Yes! The Flash to Open Classic transmitter is activated with two pulses of the high beam switch. If the second pulse doesn't occur within a couple seconds, it assumes you're riding/driving with your high beams on and resets itself automatically. When you get home, you'll have to turn off your high beams then flash them twice to open your door.
Note: Make sure to leave your high beam/low beam switch on low when you turn off your ignition. If it is in the high beam position and you start your bike/car the flickering could pulse the lights and activate the garage door opener.
I have an old or classic car that I'd like to put Flash to Open on and it doesn't have high beams. Will it still work? Can I use another switch?
Yes! We've had people put it on the main headlights, horn buttons, turn signals, and power window switches as well as accessory switches on the dashboard or aftermarket buttons hidden under the dashboard. The transmitter simply needs a way to get 2 pulses of 12-volt power. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance if you have specific questions.
If my car/motorcycle is stolen - What do I do?
Flash to Open makes access to your garage more secure! In the event that the vehicle or transmitter is stolen, a receiver "total erase" should be done so your garage can't be opened by your stolen vehicle. To do this, go to your garage receiver and locate the small hole on the front of the receiver cover between the blinking LED light and the push-button. Gently push a paperclip through the hole, which will depress a hidden button. To erase all transmitter codes from the receiver, press and hold the hidden switch. You will first see the LED blinks 4 times. Continue to hold the switch until the LED blinks 4 times again. All learned transmitter codes have now been erased.
Note: Your remaining or new transmitters will need to be re-learned. To enter the "learn" mode, depress the hidden switch until the LED blinks 4 times then immediately remove the paperclip. With your vehicle in range, activate the transmitter within 30 seconds. The receiver LED will flash 4 times, and then return to its normal status flashing. Test the new transmitter. Repeat the same simple process with up to 5 additional transmitters.