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Old 12-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Kegerator Light Shut-Off (Danby DAR440BL)

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I have had my kegerator up and running for a few weeks now and still have not come up with a solution to shut off the fridge light when the door is closed (see attached image and sorry for the poor quality of the picture, my editing resources are limited at work).

Right now I have a piece of plastic wedged between the AC unit and the light switch (not shown in the picture). I would like something a little more aesthetically pleasing and hoped one of you guys could give me an idea. I've done some searching and haven't been able to come up with much. Ideally I would like to mount some type of bracket to the door, utilizing one or both screws above and below the light switch on the door (blue squares in photo). Any thoughts?

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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My fix was a piece of packing tape, going 2 years strong!

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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I have a different kegerator, but the same issue.

My solution: unscrew the lightbulb.

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Thanks for the suggestions guys but I'm looking for something a little more functional. I really would like the light to work when I open the door, and turn off when I close it. My plastic wedge works fine for now, but to me it looks kind of hokey. If I happen to think of a solution I'll be sure to post it on here. Back to the drawing board...

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did you ever figure this out? I have a piece of wood that keeps falling out and driving me nuts..

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This is what I did. Its just a 90 degree peice of metal from HD, where all of the deck bracing stuff is. You can just buy a straight piece if you want and bend it it your needs. Just use a bench vice to bend it. Attach it to the metal lip of the door with some self tapping screws.

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did you ever figure this out? I have a piece of wood that keeps falling out and driving me nuts..
Sorry for the late response ilikeguns. I'm still using that metal wedge but I'm going to try cas3439's suggestion of a metal angle from HD. Thanks for the idea btw cas.
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I've been toying around with the idea of using a PNP transistor to invert the door switch's operation. (so you would press it to turn the light on). I haven't worked this out yet but a transistor and a resistor should (i think) be all that is required... I have a Danby DAR440BL that I *just* converted. I'll post measurements and parts if/when I test this theory.

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I've been toying around with the idea of using a PNP transistor to invert the door switch's operation. (so you would press it to turn the light on). I haven't worked this out yet but a transistor and a resistor should (i think) be all that is required... I have a Danby DAR440BL that I *just* converted. I'll post measurements and parts if/when I test this theory.

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I would replace the switch with this http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3016149
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