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Old 07-05-2015, 11:25 AM   #15
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The only definitive document I have is the the wiring diagram that shows a power feed to the light from the control board that is not affected by the door switch.

By measurement, I had discovered 8 vdc to the light with the door switch "closed" and thought the switch may be bad. Therefore my call to Dometic and what I reported here.

You might want to give them a call and find out if it affects your units or not. I found Dometic to be very helpful.

Another approach is to look at your specific wiring diagram for the extra feed. Dometic did say that not all their units use this approach. If you do not have the manual for yours, searching with your model number may find the diagram published on the web as well. Mine was available both on the web and the manual. The wiring diagram will give you the answer.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:00 AM   #16
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a few years ago lewster posted about the interior light is used to warm the fridge in co ld weather to trick the fridge to cool. if i was feeling better i'd do the search and see if my memory still works :-).
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:55 AM   #17
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I have been using a LED bulb in my 2000 Safari's Dometic refrigerator for two years without issue.
Since the feed to the light is through a manual switch, activated by the door position, it is impossible for it to be turned on while the door is closed. Is your refrigerator light wired differently?
Alan, mine is also controlled by the door switch. However, it also receives power from the control board independent of this switch. That's what I discovered and confirmed it by looking at the wiring diagram, then my call to Dometic. My advice is to check your wiring diagram or give Dometic a call.
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:49 AM   #18
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a few years ago lewster posted about the interior light is used to warm the fridge in co ld weather to trick the fridge to cool. if i was feeling better i'd do the search and see if my memory still works :-).

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Old 07-15-2015, 11:03 AM   #19
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OK, I'll bite. Why would you need to add heat to get the fridge to cool if the temperature in the fridge was low enough? What purpose does that serve, other than burning more propane or electricity? Will the ammonia mixture freeze at some outside temperature unless heated and cycled? My 2652 has the switch in series with the power feed to the light, so it doesn't have this capability, just curious.
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The switch is for low ambient temperatures (30s) when the fridge might not need to come on.......but the freezer does.

The 'Low Ambient Switch' is usually located on the inside of the door frame and if activated, keeps the interior light on even with the door closed.

This creates just enough inside temperature increase to cause the heating to occur in the boiler section and keeps the unit operating to maintain the freezer temps.


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Old 07-15-2015, 01:28 PM   #21
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Out of sight, out of mind-
I need to go online and order a bulb-


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Thanks Lew,
My fridge doesn't have that. Must be a newer feature. The only switch I have is the high humidity switch to control the door frame heater.

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May not get no bulb. Maybe a refrigerator light is over-rated.
2 pack of bulbs $8.47 + $4.50 shipping = $12.97
What if it ain't the bulb?
switch $10.77 + $4.50 shipping = $15.27
Are you kidding me?
Why didn't it stop working during the warranty period?
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$29.14 for a working refrigerator light seems a little steep.
Maybe I can take a flashlight to the refrigerator for a beverage in the middle of the night.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:33 AM   #25
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MH, try this link. This is what I bought and I got two bulbs in the pack for $18.25. The shipping is free and they came quickly. Happy to have a spare as well.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002PUROB6/...=dometic+bulbs
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:21 AM   #26
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I think there are other options

http://www.amazon.com/Xenon-Festoon-.../dp/B00EJDGF2G

5-pack for $14

and this

PlusRite 10 Watt Xenon Festoon Lamp 12 Volt Clear Light Bulb FEX10 12 CL | eBay

$4.25 for 1

I don't know that these are the same physical size, but I found them in 10 seconds googling 12 volt 10 watt bulbs

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Sorry, I got to this thread late but I had the same problem a couple days ago - light would not come on. Bulb was good; problem turned out to be a bad fuse on the control board--the 5 amp mini fuse. I have no idea what caused it to blow, but it has not reoccurred. And I did not notice anything else that was affected by that fuse.
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Perhaps the light bulb is installed backwards, and it's coming on when the door closes... I'd check for a light on with the door closed before laying out so much cash.

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