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Old 11-08-2007, 07:18 AM   #1
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I have a light receptacle in the utility room in my basement. It has a device that looks like a magnet attached to it, with a wire that extends from it.

My previous house had the same contraption, it it appeared to be related to my security system. I don't have one of those now, so what is its use?

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Old 11-08-2007, 07:25 AM   #2
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It is a transformer, could be for your door bell.

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Old 11-08-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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Yep, it's a low voltage transformer. It won't harm you like a 110 volt.
There should be two wires attached that operate the doorbell(s).
This can be tested, replaced or removed entirely and have a wireless doorbell installed if you decide you would rather not deal with it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:49 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for the info. Question, my doorbell doesn't light up. Is there a bulb in there that can be replaced? This is a 9 year old house.
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:31 PM   #5
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most doorbell with the lighted verison normally just get new one it will be far much less hassle to mess around and what more you have to watch out with the voltage on some lighted doorbell.

Normally most lighted doorbell useally run in 16 volt range but i heard and i did see high as 24+ volts and low as 12 volt.

I know the old Nutone " 3 or 4 Chime " doorbell used run on 24 volts due the motor driven hammer make multi strike like a song.

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P.S. did the doorbell work even the doorbell button light not working ??
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most doorbell with the lighted verison normally just get new one it will be far much less hassle to mess around and what more you have to watch out with the voltage on some lighted doorbell.

Normally most lighted doorbell useally run in 16 volt range but i heard and i did see high as 24+ volts and low as 12 volt.

I know the old Nutone " 3 or 4 Chime " doorbell used run on 24 volts due the motor driven hammer make multi strike like a song.

Merci , Marc

P.S. did the doorbell work even the doorbell button light not working ??
Yes, the doorbell works. Just the light is off.

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