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Name this thing: electric edition

FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night manChampion of the sunRegistered User regular
There is a metal box attached to a light in my cold storage room. Low voltage wires are hooked up to it and they go into the ceiling.

Bonus points if you can tell me what it is and don't have to look at the pic!
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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator Registered User regular
    Looks like some kind of transformer maybe? Where do the wires hooked to it go?

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  • FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    Looks like some kind of transformer maybe? Where do the wires hooked to it go?

    Into the ceiling in the basement. It's fully finished so I'm not sure.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Total guess, but is that some sort of system by which they're grounding something from upstairs? Red is disconnected, but the ground(?) and negative(?) are running off to who knows where. It says 18v on the side though. It really looks like it's designed to BE grounded and perhaps someone thought it would be a handy way of grounding something else? Odd that it's a metal box and looks like something DC. Also, there's nothing that requires someone who fucked around with wiring actually used the correct colors or anything.

    Whats the rest of the writing say? Kind of hoping some electrician comes in here because I'm really curious myself now.

    ...In looking around. It closely resembles a Class 2 Transformer.

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  • InvectivusInvectivus Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    It's a transformer. Probably is hooked up to the doorbell or a ventilation control would be my guess.

    It's taking the 120 volt from the light and probably turning it into 24 v A.C power

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  • HandgimpHandgimp R+L=J Family PhotoRegistered User regular
    Also, that's ridiculous.

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  • FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    Invectivus wrote: »
    It's a transformer. Probably is hooked up to the doorbell or a ventilation control would be my guess.

    It's taking the 120 volt from the light and probably turning it into 24 v A.C power

    Hmmm doorbell would make sense because it's under the porch. Also the security system panel is right above.

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  • superman13553superman13553 Registered User new member
    edited August 2015
    As a licensed electrician, I'm 99% sure it's the transformer for your doorbell. Most electricians just mount them to a box exactly like that in the attic so nobody can see it. It's not a fire hazard or anything.

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor !!! Registered User regular
    I have a similar device in my basement and it is for my doorbell. I presume yours is the same.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Yup that's a doorbell transformer.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
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