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Old 03-05-2006, 12:55 PM   #11
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Unless you decide to buy a high-end model or one slightly lower than that one in price, but still a bit pricy, it is the ONLY way that you'd get a fridge that also has a lighted freezer compartment.

A few mid-priced models may also have them, but that's it. Low-end units just don't feature it in the freezer compartment. They never did. It would be nice if they did, but they don't.

As you can see, this truly jacks up the cost of buying a fridge that has this
luxurious feature, and it is usually found only in like 17 to 23 cubic foot models and larger.

Whole freezers in both upright and chest models also have this feature, but only in the more pricy larger models as well. Again, the low-end models don't feature it.

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Old 03-07-2006, 04:08 AM   #12
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Maybe what I need is a good rat! Yes, the fridge is an over/under affair. Now that I think of it, when I had a brand new side-by-side, I think the freezer was lit. However, I now live in a 150 year old house, and the fridge has probably been there forever. It is in such an odd spot that it isn't going to be replaced until it dies -- it just fits. As I said, I did have extra lighting put in, but still find myself squinting to figure out what in the heck is in there. I'm not kidding, though, when it is colder outside than in my freezer my porch lights don't wear out any faster than they do in summer.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:02 AM   #13
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Sorry, I forgot to mention that all side-by-sides DO have lighted fridge & freezer compartments.

That IS true.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:39 AM   #14
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I always assumed that freezers (that is the ones which have the fridge part on top and the freezer part under) didn't have lights because generally those types of freezers have drawers to pull out, so you can see whats in them easily enough, whereas the fridge section is recessed, you can't really pull the shelves out so you need the light to see whats in there.
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:18 AM   #15
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Nope, the "freezer-on-the-bottom" units that you're refering to, also have a light in the freezer compartment. How do I know? My sister-in-law who was married to my brother who died has one. It's an Amana unit.

Also, I'm about to buy a fridge myself. A small budget-priced apartment-size two-door 10.3 or a 12.0 cubic foot frost-free, and there's no light in the freezer compartment on either one of those models.

The one that's in the apartment now, is on its way out. The food, especially the produce, keeps on freezing up solid!. And the control is set to the warmest setting. And the tracks for the produce crisper are broken also.

But for those of you who have a unit with no light in the freezer, there IS a way to get around that. You can buy one of those battery-operated lights, you know, the one that's round in shape and you press on the white-colored lense to turn it on and off?

It sticks onto walls low ceilings or anywhere that you think you might need a light in dark places. Not sure about it sticking onto cold surfaces though.
But it should work in the freezer for you.


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Old 03-25-2006, 08:07 PM   #16
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I'm just curious: who decided that refrigerators need lights, but freezers don't?
Very good point. However, just a thought: I don't think it is because lights will not work in a freezer. I think it is because the lights create heat when they are on, and this causes problems. First it reduces the temperature of the cabinet, and second it creates condensation and frost problems. (Maybe I am wrong?)

The effect of a light inside a refridgerator (not quote so cold) is not significant, I suspect.

The makers of freezers must be aware of the need for lights, I am sure, but perhaps they have not been able to solve the problems of putting them inside a domesticfreezer yet. I would think that they need to find a source of illumination that does not generate much (preferably no) heat. However, I would have thought that they could use a fluorecent type of illumination?

Incidentally. my low-level freezer has no spare space for any form of illumination because it uses baskets, though my large upright freezer could do with a light for the open shelves.

Commercial large, walk-in, freezers have lights but the ratio of space to heat-generated light is quite different.
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Old 03-25-2006, 09:29 PM   #17
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Many residential refrigerators have lights in their freezers. There is no real danger of generating too much heat or a lack of space. It was, no doubt, just a matter of cost savings. As the years passed, more extras are being offered, including freezer lights.
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:48 AM   #18
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I'll probably never know what it's like to have a fridge that features a light in the freezer compartment unless I'm in my own house.


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Old 03-26-2006, 08:44 AM   #19
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We have a small GE, over and under, with the freezer being under and there is a light in the freezer compartment.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:07 PM   #20
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Hmmmm. I wonder if fluorescent instead of incandescent would solve the heat problem?
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