Selecting Appropriate Refrigerator Light Bulbs

It is important to replace the bulb with the same size and type that was supplied with the refrigerator. Most GE Appliances refrigerators (fresh food and freezer) use 40 watt appliance bulbs. Some models use a 60 watt bulb. This is not an appliance bulb, but an incandescent bulb. The 60 watt incandescent bulb is acceptable because all GE Appliances bulbs are manufactured with a protective coating, and the models that come with this type of bulb have been tested to accommodate this lamp.

Some late 2007 and newer refrigerators have small individual LED lights or a light column in the fresh food section. These will need to be replaced by an authorized technician. If the LED light is shaped like an incandescent bulb, you can replace it without the need of a technician.


  • Model TAX6 (compact) uses one 15 watt appliance lamp (intermediate base size, threaded).
  • Models TB9 and TBX10 use one 10 watt lamp.
  • Monogram refrigerators contain four 60 watt lamps.

It is important to disconnect power to the refrigerator before replacing lamp for both your safety and to protect the light circuit. When the door is open, voltage is supplied to the lamp socket.