Do it yourself – Fridge Lamp replacement


Well the lamp in the picture above  is the new one. Our fridge is about 6 years old and the bulb inside gave away recently. So I set upon the task  to replace it myself. The bulb is enclosed by a clear plastic case. This protects the bulb from objects and also from water which can develop inside the fridge.

Once the plastic case is removed, the bulb can be unscrewed just like the typical Indian incandescent bulb. Push inwards and twist it out anti-clockwise. The area were the bulb fits into the holder is covered with rubber to avoid water from getting into the socket.


The bulb inside is called “practitone” and is manufactured by Philips in India. The cost if the bulb is 17 rupees in Chennai. It should be easily available in electrical stores. Please note that this bulb is not common across all refrigerator models. Our fridge is from Godrej. Direct cooling type.


This is what the bulb looks like. This one ofcourse is the blown one. To replace it, you have to push it into the socket and screw it clockwise and release it.

The bulb is also called as “pygmy lamp” probably because of its shape. The same model is used in kitchen chimneys which illuminate the hob area.

In case you need details about the bulb you can reach Philips at :

1860-180-1111 (BSNL/MTNL only)



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