My refrigerator is a few years old and uses a 15 watt appliance incandescent bulb. Within seconds of opening the door, the light bulb is incredibly hot. No matter how quickly I shut the door, the compressor comes on and stays on to cool the bulb and maintain the temperature in the refrigerator. I tried removing the bulb but that resulted in me having to keep the door open longer to see in the dark.
My solution was to replace the incandescent bulb with a 1.5 watt LED bulb. This bulb remains cool to the touch. While the light is slightly blue in color (warm light LEDs are more expensive), it does give enough light to see throughout and works just fine. The energy savings is considerable, both in decreased wattage (the difference between 15 watts and 1.5 watts) and, as the compressor doesn't have to cool a hot bulb, in reduced energy usage by the refrigerator to keep the contents within cool.
By Solartea from Tallahassee, FL
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