The sole purpose of your TV remote is to operate your TV. A supplied remote control shouldn’t actually be used to operate another TV make or model. However, a lot of users discover that their TV remote also operates their LED lights. The logical question to ask if you’re having this problem is, “How come?”

Fair enough, it is an odd marriage considering that LED lights are, well, lights. While your TV is an electronic device that most likely displays images in high definition and is a smart device. If you understand the technology underlying remote controls and LED lights, however, the fact that your TV remote control operates on your LED lights won’t seem like such a mystery.

1. You see, infrared light is the primary technology utilised in home remote controls. The TV receives the infrared light that the remote control sends using an infrared sensor.

When you push any button on your remote control, the signals are transmitted as a stream or beam of infrared pulses.

2. Okay. The remote control requires a transmitter in order to broadcast those infrared pulses. The transmitter on a remote control is typically located at the remote’s bulb-like tip.

However, this transmitter is a Light Emitting Diode, or LED, that is integrated into the remote control’s pointing end. Of actuality, the LED wavelength in your TV remote control is 940 nanometers.

3. See? Your LED bulbs are also LEDs, which is what they are. Therefore, your LED bulb and the remote control share a component. It only makes logical that your LED lamps can be controlled by the remote.

However, this is not what should happen strictly speaking. You see, specific standards and protocols are used in the production of IR remote controls. Different manufacturers employ various transmission techniques. Because of this, a remote control for one brand of TV won’t operate on another.

However, producers of LED lights of ordinary to poor quality do not give a damn about these guidelines. The remote control may operate the LED lights because they follow the same protocols as IR TV remote controls.

Therefore, the LED lights can be controlled by the IR signals from the TV remote control if the TV and the lights are close to each other or if there are reflective surfaces that can deflect the signals from your remote control.

How to Stop TV Controlling LED Lights

As we previously stated, not all LED lights exhibit this issue of your TV remote controlling your LED lights. It is not a typical occurrence.

Only LED lights that were not produced using specific processes and global standards experience this. Therefore, the best place to start if you want to stop this from happening is by purchasing high-quality LED lights from producers like Philips and Osram.

Try any of the alternatives listed below, though, if you want to keep using your current LED lights but prevent them from being turned on or off by your TV remote.

1. Physical Separation of TV and LED Lights Receiver

Increase the distance between the TV and the IR receiver of the LED light before attempting any technical repairs, if at all feasible. Contrary to Bluetooth, IR technology relies on line of sight, so you may obtain the necessary separation without having to make any significant physical alterations to your environment.

Once your TV remote control no longer controls your LED lights when you press it, just move the LED RGB control box to a location to the left or right of the TV or to a different room.

2. Use TV Remote Control App

Use the TV remote control app by downloading, installing, and using it as a workaround. Today, the majority of smart TVs provide smartphone control. Installing the remote control app and confirming that your TV and phone are linked to the same network are all that are required.

This fixes the problem because the programme uses WIFI direct rather than infrared, which your LED lights can intercept, to operate the TV.

for a Samsung TV

1. Install the SmartThings app by going to your Play Store or App Store.

2. Activate your Samsung TV.

3. the same WiFi network as your TV by connecting your phone to it.

3. Log into your Samsung account and open the SmartThings app.

4. At the upper right of the screen, click the Plus icon.

5. Click Device

6. Tap TV under By Device Type, then choose Samsung.

7. Tap TV once again, then select Start.

8. After choosing a location and a room, hit Next.

9. Available devices will be listed by SmartThings. Choose a Samsung TV.

Depending on the type of Smart TV you own, the following step may seem different:

  • 2020 and 2021 models: Use the remote to select OK on the TV screen.
  • 2017 to 2019 models: Input the PIN shown on the TV screen into the phone, and tap Done.
  • 2016 models: Use the buttons on the TV or remote to select Allow.

You can rename the TV using the SmartThings app on your phone after it has been added. Finally, tap Done.

Simply open the app, hit the Menu icon, choose All Devices, and then choose your connected Samsung TV to start using your phone to operate the Samsung TV.

Regarding Vizio SmartCast TV:

1. Install the VIZIO SmartCast mobile application by visiting your app store or play store.

2. Connect your phone to the same WiFi network as your Vizio TV.

3. To establish a VIZIO account, launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also proceed as a guest.

4. You’ll get a prompt telling you to start. Click there

5. The software will look through the network for Vizio devices that are accessible. Choose your own device to connect it

6. Next, your TV will display a 4-digit code. Complete the setup by entering the code into the app on your phone.

7. Your Vizio SmartCast TV can now be managed via the app.


1. From the app store on your phone, download LG TV Remote.

2. Connect your phone to the LG TV’s WiFi network.

3. Open the PG TV Remote application.

4. You will be prompted at initial launch to select between utilising a phone or tablet for setup. Choose appropriately

5. After viewing a brief app sample, you will be given a list of TVs that the app is compatible with.

6. then select Device Scan.

7. A list of TVs will appear. Choose it.

8. Your TV will display a pairing code of six digits. Click OK after entering the code in the app on your phone.

9. The Terms of Use will then be shown to you, and you should accept them.

10. You will then be prompted to select the TV as your default TV. To complete the setup, select Yes.

11. The remote control for your LG TV will appear right away on your phone, and you can use it to operate it.

Using Fire TV

1. From the app store on your phone, download the Fire TV app.

2. Join your phone to the same WiFi network as your Fire TV.

3. On your phone, open the Fire TV app, then choose your TV from the list. It should automatically find your TV. Click Add Devices if it isn’t already selected.

4. Log in to your Amazon account next. So that they both register as your managed devices, sign in to the same account that you use to access your TV. Although it is not required, doing so makes remote management of the connected devices on your account simpler.

5. Your Fire TV will then show a 4-digit code, which you should enter into the app on your phone.

6. Your phone will immediately show the remote control, which you can use to start operating the Fire TV.

Using Roku TV

1. Download the Roku app for mobile devices from the Play Store or App Store.

2. Join your phone to the same WiFi network as your Roku TV.

3. When you launch the Roku mobile app, your Roku TV will be found right away.

4. Select your TV and enter the displayed pair code

5. You can now control the TV with your smartphone

Note:As at the time of writing this article, Roku mobile app is only available in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

So, if you do not find the app on your app store, it is not available in your country.

3. Use An RF Shield Box

Another workaround for the issue of your TV remote controlling your LED lights is to place the LED s IR receiver in anRF shield box (view on Amazon). The shield box blocks the IR signals from your TV remote so the receiver does not intercept the signals and control your LED lights.

You could buy dedicated RF shield boxes from online stores or you could simply make one yourself using any of glass, wood, cardboard paper, bricks, or even tin foils, and then place the LED s IR receiver in it.

4. Block sensor on LED

Another solution, perhaps less drastic than using a shielding box, is to block the sensor on the LED light s IR receiver. To do this, you could use just enough tape to wrap over the sensor so that it does not intercept IR signals coming from your TV remote.

5. Change Remote Control Frequency

Since your TV remote control also works for your LED lights, it means that the IR frequencies of the LED wavelengths on both devices are pretty much the same. You can, therefore, set up your TV to operate at a different frequency to the LED lights so that the remote control only works on the TV.

Before performing this fix, you need to first consult your TV manual and be sure that changing TV IR frequency is permitted. If it is, then use the steps below to change your TV s IR frequency:

On Fire TV

1. On your Fire TV, go to Settings

2. Select Equipment Control

3. Select Manage Equipment

4. Select TV

5. Select Infrared Options

6. Under IR Profile, Select Change IR Profile

7. Change it from All Devices to your particular IR Profile

If you cannot figure out your IR Profile, please use the steps below:

1. On your Fire TV, go to Settings

2. Select Equipment Control

3. Select Manage Equipment

4. Select TV

5. Select Infrared Options

6. Under IR Profile, Select Change IR Profile

7. Select Find IR Profile, and then select the IR profile for your TV

This may not work for some users who must manually enter the IR code. If you still have your TV manual, the IR RF code is written there. Or you can search on the TV manufacturer s website for the code. Then.

1. On your Fire TV, go to Settings

2. Select Equipment Control

3. Select Manage Equipment

4. Select TV

5. Select Infrared Options

6. Under IR Profile, Select Change IR Profile

7. Select Find IR Profile

8. Then press the Menu button to enter your IR profile manually

On Roku

1. Open Settings on Roku TV

2. Select System

3. Select Control Other Devices (CEC)

4. Make sure that the box next to 1-touch Play is checked


1. Press the Menu button on your remote control

2. Select Settings

3. Select Remote, then select Program Remote and select TV

4. Next, toggle to switch mode to TV, and enter LG

5. Next, press and hold the OK and Mute buttons until the light on the remote control blinks 4 times

6. Next enter any of these codes 11423 or 10178 or 11178

7. Then your remote will start using the new IR code to operating the TV

In conclusion, the phenomenon of your TV remote controlling your LED lights is not strange and it is generally harmless. It does not mean that anything is malfunctioning. You can try simple things like moving the LED s receiver far from the TV or covering its sensor with tape.

A great option is to use your TV s smart app. If you want to go the extra length of changing the IR profile, you need to consult your TV manual first so you don t break anything.


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