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Old 07-30-2017, 12:58 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Light - Does It Really Go Out?

We always make sure our refrigerator door is completely closed by listening for the click and then pushing it to ensure a good seal. (First sentence is very important). We use three remote sensors in the frig/freezer to monitor temps. Over the last couple months we have noted some unexplained higher temperature spikes in the sensor on the top shelf of the refrigerator with equally unexplained returns to "normal" temps. This morning we noted that the refrigerator light was very warm - as if it had been on a long time. After cycling the switch by hand with the door open no abnormalities were noted as far as the light going on and off. Barely touching the switch turns the light off - well before the door hits the closed and latched position. We ensured the door was fully closed then checked the light later - nice and cool. Closed the door again, making sure it was latched and sealed. Checked later and the light was again very warm. Wondering if anyone else has run into this? We may have to take the bulb out if it keeps happening.
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:03 PM   #2
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Take a delayed photo (10 second or so) with phone after closing it in the fridge. This will confirm what the light is doing.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:04 PM   #3
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Take a delayed photo (10 second or so) with phone after closing it in the fridge. This will confirm what the light is doing.
Good idea! We'll try that. We suspect it may be coming on some time after closing the door but at least that will let us know it went off. Thanks!
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Interesting. I never looked, but is it not an LED light inside the fridge? Must not be if it feels that warm to the touch. How strange if some of the refrigerator temperature fluctuation problems others have reported traces back to heat from an interior light that won't stay shut off with the door closed!
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Interesting. I never looked, but is it not an LED light inside the fridge? Must not be if it feels that warm to the touch. How strange of some of the refrigerator temperature fluctuation problems others have reported traces back to heat from an interior light that won't stay shut off with the door closed!
It does go off when the door is shut, if it's operating normally. It is an LED, but it does give off some heat. One interesting side effect of that is, if you camp in a very damp and humid area (such as Oregon where it rains alot, or the Texas Gulf Coast where it rains alot), the heat from the bulb will cause little drops of water to condense under the cover - and if the condensation makes its way to the bulb base, it will cause the electronics to think the door is open when it's shut, and a wonderful beeping alarm will then go off every two minutes. Ask me how I know.
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I've noticed that if I put something in the fridge that is at room temperature, the fridge temp will rise rapidly and stay high until the new item has cooled down, which makes perfect sense. Cooling down a large container of cold-brewed tea alerted me to this.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:41 PM   #7
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Take a delayed photo (10 second or so) with phone after closing it in the fridge. This will confirm what the light is doing.
So now the age-old question of whether the light stays on after the fridge door is closed can now be answered with modern technology.

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It does go off when the door is shut, if it's operating normally. It is an LED, but it does give off some heat.
Interesting - your older one is definitely LED - our 2017 light is not LED! I wonder why they stepped back in technology?
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I've noticed that if I put something in the fridge that is at room temperature, the fridge temp will rise rapidly and stay high until the new item has cooled down, which makes perfect sense. Cooling down a large container of cold-brewed tea alerted me to this.
Yes, a couple warm water bottles will shoot it up pretty quickly. Our spikes are unexplained though, they happen without opening the door and without adding anything. After a rise, the temp will then drop back to normal. We have tried moving the three sensors around to see if one of them is screwy. Whichever one is in the freezer is always very steady. Whichever one that is placed closest to the light is the one that seems to spike. Pretty sure the spikes are localized because the milk is always colder than it is at home! Next step may be to attach a sensor to the light itself.
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So now the age-old question of whether the light stays on after the fridge door is closed can now be answered with modern technology. Life is no fun anymore.
New technology leads to new questions, like, "Is a smart phone smart enough to call for help when it finds itself locked inside a cold, dark refrigerator?"
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