Do you leave the oven light on when you bake? Does it matter?
I tend to leave it on for cookies because they bake so fast that I need to keep an eye on them. But off for longer cooking things, pies and cakes.
But I don't know why I do this.
The question has to do with whether an oven light generates heat, and if so, whether the heat is in one area of the oven.
You just said why. It makes sense to me. For pies and cakes I would turn the light on around the shortest cooking time and keep an eye on them and start testing.
I can't imagine that it would be a problem since an oven light bulb is only a 40-watt bulb. If you have doubts, just turn the switch on when you want to check the baking progress.
[The exception was when my neighbor's son always pretended that watching his favorite chocolate chip cookies bake was a TV show. Weird kid! ]
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