The light bulb in my refrigerator burned out. It was a 40w incandescent appliance bulb like such: GE appliance bulb

I'm wondering if there is any reason I can not put a 9watt A19 LED bulb such as this one (home depot link) in the fridge?

I've read this question, but it is concerned with the heat from an oven. Heat obviously would not be an issue here. On the contrary I'm thinking that the LED would be helpful to the fridge (heat output of the incandescent bulb vs the LED).

Can I use a regular LED bulb as a replacement for an appliance bulb in a refrigerator?

  • Be warned, if the LED is not able to overheat, it may last a very long time. – Harper Dec 20 '18 at 3:55
  • Heat of the bulb has less of an effect than the hot air in /cold air out from opening the door. Remember the monkey inside turns off the light every time you close the door :-) – manassehkatz Dec 20 '18 at 5:49

In theory, any LED bulb should work. There are bulbs designed specifically for refrigerator/freezer use like this one. The bulb you listed is a 60-watt equivalent, which might actually be too bright - due to glare you really don't want your refrigerator to have too much light as it can actually make it harder to see things, as counter-intuitive as that may seem. The bulb I linked to mentions vibration resistance, among other things. In theory, "appliance bulbs" in general should be a bit more "heavy duty" than regular bulbs.

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