Refrigerator Light & Button Circuit Help

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Old 11-08-14, 11:02 PM
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Refrigerator Light & Button Circuit Help

Mod Note: This is actually a post about a switch for a light in a refrigerator not a pantry.

Hey guys,

I need some help with a project that is likely super simple for experienced electricians. I'm experienced with wiring, soldering, and anything else that would be involved...I just need help with the setup.

I'm looking to install a light bulb socket that connects to and is controlled by a push button. The light bulb is going inside our food pantry, and the button will be installed in the hinge of the door.

The idea is that when to door is closed, it will push against the button and keep the light off. Then when the door is opened and the button is released, it will turn the bulb on.


Can somebody give me a somewhat "dumbed down" summary of the parts I need (besides the ones listed below) and how to wire it?

I already know that I need:

-light bulb socket & bulb
-push button (I need details on the exact type if applicable)
-electrical wire (what type/gauge?)


Thanks very very much in advance!

Pete
 

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Old 11-09-14, 07:55 AM
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-light bulb socket & bulb
-push button (I need details on the exact type if applicable)
-electrical wire (what type/gauge?)
This is an application for a door jamb switch.

Gardner Bender 10 Amp Single-Pole AC/DC Push Button Door Switch-GSW-SK at The Home Depot

The wire size is determined by the amperage of the circuit. If it is a 15 amp circuit, use 14-2 NM-B cable (aka romex). I'd use a simple fixture with a glass globe. Install the fixture on a 4/0 (4" octagone box). No soldering required.

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I forgot to mention a key detail...this is going inside a fridge. The lightbulb circuit in the fridge itself somehow got fried. I had 3 different repair techs tell me that repairing it isn't an option because of the way it's configured, and the warranty doesn't cover it.

Is there a better door jamb I could attach without altering the inside of the fridge or maybe another option altogether?
 
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I forgot to mention a key detail...this is going inside a fridge
Then why did you write.......

The light bulb is going inside our food pantry, and the button will be installed in the hinge of the door.
You should have posted in the Large Appliance forum.
 
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I'm doing the job for a close friend and didn't have all the details.

Any ideas?
 
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I have moved your thread to Large Appliances. Please give us the make and model number of the refrigerator.
 
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