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Blowing up a doorbell transformer

My house is a 117 year old masterpiece of evolving building codes and improvisation. One of the things I expect to do at some point in the future is get a doorbell camera, though it's not on the ...
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How to properly use a transformer which bundles its high & low voltage wires together?

Here's an example of an HVAC transformer that will go from 120 or 240 to 24 VAC. Obviously, all wires exit the device through the same pipe nipple; the device is intended to be installed by screwing ...
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What is the correct safe way to wire ground in a domestic 110/220 step transformer?

I am not an electrical engineer and do not have a deep understanding of all the different factors in transformer design. My question is about a plug-in 2:1 step up/down transformer used for 120/240 ...
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Do travel voltage transformers really not have grounding?

Example 220v-to-110v converter here. It seems like it accepts a 110V plug with grounding, and yet the converter itself only has a two-pronged plug (to a 240v outlet). Does this mean that plugging a ...
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Doorbell has no voltage, but chime wires always have voltage

I just moved to a new place and trying to fix the doorbell. There are 2 doors, frond and back, neither one is working. I found a doorbell wire image on Google: However, it's very strange to see the ...
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24vac transformer inside furnace

I'm adding a humidifier to my furnace. The included 24vac transformer fits nicely on the inner electrical box in the upper furnace compartment. I like that it keeps everything behind the external ...
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Replacing Doorbell Transformer

I currently bought a Ring Doorbell and am trying to locate my transformer that powers it since it is unable to activate my indoor chimes. I'm in a condo and do not have access to the attic but do to ...
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Transformer going into receptacle obstructed by board behind it

I am in the process of upgrading my doorbell transformer. (I am the fella from yesterday with the question about broken off back stabbed wires, registered with a proper account this time) In addition ...
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Is it safe to use a receptacle with wires broken off in the backstab connectors?

I bought a new doorbell which required me replacing my transformer. My current transformer is attached to a receptacle that sits right below my panel. Turned the power off to it, unscrewed it, found ...
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Is it ok to pigtail different gauge transformer wires with a 15 amp circuit?

I have a 15 amp breaker that’s used for my foyer/family room. The builders double tapped that breaker to add a 16V-10VA transformer for the doorbell to the side of the service panel via a knockout. ...
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DC Landscape Lighting Transformer

I'm planning an installation of twelve 12VDC deck post cap lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. The manufacturer says the lights must be driven by a DC supply. They offer a system that uses a 50 watt ...
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Sizing a landscape lighting transformer

I'm surprised this hasn't come up before but I did a search here and didn't find anything, so here goes. I need to power a dozen 12VDC LED deck post lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. I want to place ...
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240v plug, converter or transformer for EU kitchen appliance in the US

My Kenwood Major Cooking Chef (KM096) being my prized kitchen appliance, is the only one EU machine I've taken with me to the US. It would have been much more expensive to replace and letting it sit ...
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How should I replace door chime transformer at breaker panel?

I'm replacing a door chime transformer with a new 16v 30va transformer to accommodate a new Ring doorbell. The existing transformer is attached in our circuit breaker panel through a knock out at the ...
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AC to DC transformer for LED

Can someone tell me where AC to DC conversion happens in this type of LED light ? This is retrofit LED light which fits into can which has AC current. How and where does it step down voltage and also ...
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Why bother referencing neutral to ground in residential transformer?

I'm going to list the 3 scenarios for electrocution I can think up for both a residential transformer with grounded neutral and an isolated transformer. I find that the grounded neutral transformer ...
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Where to put my doorbell transformer for new wired doorbell in old house?

I used to have an old whole house intercom system with an integrated transformer inside the kitchen wall, far from the front doorbell. For the new basic doorbell, I was planning to power the doorbell ...
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Placement of transformer for indoor/outdoor LED light string

The LED light string is labeled for Indoor/Outdoor use but there is a warning on the box that the transformer must be indoors. That seems as though the light string is NOT suitable for outdoor use. I ...
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Can I directly add a Common wire to this point on a 24VAC transformer, or will load be too high? (70mA)

Referencing This excellent answer I have a two wire furnace controller, 24VAC, no common. I measured the current draw of the relay (when the thermostat wires are shorted), it draws 0.2A Wish to add an ...
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Doorbell transformer wiring to an electrical outlet?

I just bought a new doorbell transformer (24V 40VA), to replace for current one (10V 5VA) because I bought a video doorbell. I'm don't have any experience with electricity but I'm willing to learn (...
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Low voltage LEDs fluctuate from full to half to off and repeat

I purchased and installed 100' of 16/2 wire and eight lamps (LED Lawn Light 12W 2800K AC/ DC 12V) and Malibu’s 200 Watt Low Voltage Transformer. 96 watts of lamps, I was told, would be perfect for a ...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

This transformer is installed in the utility closet of a 1970's condo. Notice the wad of cut paper sheets pinched between transformer and the wall plate. This is an attempt at halting a low-tone ...
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Can I disable an old security system by disconnecting the transformer?

I switched from my old security alarm to a diy alarm system. I want to completely shut down the old alarm system and keypad. Is I possible to remove the wires of the transformer? I don't know what to ...
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older GE heat pump 24v

What should I be looking at on my old ge weathertron that is popping the 3.6v mini breaker on the transformer ? Sometimes the contactor isnt getting the 24 volts. Also did jumpering the r an fan or r ...
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Blown Thermostat Twice and Dead Transformer

A year ago, I had a brand new smart thermostat that caused the A/C fuse to keep blowing. I replaced the thermostat with a duplicate, swapped the fuse out and everything has been fine. Now a year ...
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Transformer won't work for US plug

I live in the UK but have a few US appliances in my possession which I would like to use here in the UK. To avoid having to rewire all the plugs, I bought a transformer to step down the voltage from ...
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mounting a power-splitter on a foreign electricity transformer

I'm using a 110V→220V foreign electricity transformer (image attached). Is it possible / safe to mount a power-splitter on the transformer, to allow multiple 110V devices to be connected ...
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Can I use a variable AC transformer to adjust the output of a radiant heater?

During the winter I use a radiant heater under my desk to supplement the house's furnace, something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Tangkula-Adjustable-Thermostat-Overheating-Protection/dp/...
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Why do I have two doorbell transformers?

I'm trying to debug why one of my doorbells isn't working, but to keep things simple, today I'm just trying to understand the reasoning and implications of what I see at the electrical box. Background:...
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Is this a correct installation for a doorbell transformer

Transformer originally installed by builder 20 years ago behind the chime box. I'm installing a 16v 30va transformer for a Eufy video doorbell. Can I just replace the transformer as is or do I need a ...
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Step up-down transformer tripping circuit breaker

I got a 3000watt step down transformer(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LCSTP24/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to power my 1500 watt Ninja blender I got from US to run in ...
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Marine Exterior Lights on Seaside Home

On a residence located about 20 feet from the ocean in a severe weather climate. I am contemplating putting stainless steel well sealed marine lights on the house for some exterior deck lighting and ...
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Diagnosing doorbell transformer voltage drop

UPDATE: The plot thickens. I measured 2.5V at the door even with the wires completely disconnected from the transformer. So, the transformer is contributing to the voltage difference but not solely. ...
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What Transformer for Smart video Doorbell

I’m wiring a new smart doorbell camera (Eufy brand) It’s intended to replace an existing doorbell, but I don’t have one, so I will be wiring it from scratch. The manual says “make sure the transformer ...
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Install doorbell transformer on round junction box

Recently installed a Ring doorbell but realized that I need to hardwire a transformer to it. There's no existing transformer, so I'm thinking of wiring the transformer from the front door light (120v)....
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How do I wire a GE oven that requires 110v + 220v in a 220v-only home?

I have GE oven (JB680SP3SS), purchased in 2011. It requires 220v + 110v. The place I was living in had 110 and 220. Last year I moved to another city and the place I live it only have 220v. I ...
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Convert 120 V circuit to 12 V by splicing LED driver into existing wiring

My kitchen has a light switch by the sink which operates a pendant light above the sink. I am making a DIY replacement light using a 12 V LED strip and a 4 ft. wooden dowel to be suspended ...
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Has anyone dealt with leonlite low voltage ground lights? [duplicate]

I am having trouble with finding the right transformer for a set of 7w led ground lights I bought on Amazon, apparently they are not compatible with Leon lights Any thought?
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Setting up transformer for 240 down to 120

I'm using 240 for voltage drop. The load is a receptacle fed from a subpanel. I know the size of the transformer,the fusing I want to use but, need help figuring out how to ground the system. In ...
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Doorbell transformer is this it?

I am going nuts trying to find my doorbell transformer. Someone suggested it may be this. But doesn't look like one to me. Is it? If not any suggestions where it may be?
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How do I make my doorbell not connected to a light switch?

The transformer for my wired doorbell is connected to a light junction box. The doorbell works just fine if the light (which the transformer is connected to) is turned on using the wall switch. If the ...
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Can a doorbell transformer be installed outdoors in a protected location?

We have an outdoor electrical outlet w/ two knockouts. I was going to add the doorbell transformer in there but I couldn't find out if it is code to have the transformer in a dry outdoor place. It is ...
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Using buck/step up inverters for in-wall ovens

Trying to install an American oven in Japan and I could use some help on the electrical side. I have 200v single phase as well as 200v 3-phase in open-delta configuration, both in 60 hz The oven ...
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How wasteful is a voltage transformer?

If an appliance that is rated for 220V is used with a 110v-to-220v transformer in a 110v country, or an appliance that is rated for 110V is used with a 220v-to-110v transformer in a 220v country, how ...
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exposed doorbell transformer inside a walk in closet

We recently moved into an apartment with the doorbell transformer exposed. The concern is that the transformer has been mounted in a walk-in closet, directly between shelving where clothing should be ...
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How to attach a doorbell transformer to a plastic junction box?

My son's doorbell isn't working, I'm not getting any voltage, and I traced the wiring to the transformer located in the basement behind a finished ceiling used for a light fixture. I would like to ...
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Where can I hide an AC to DC adapter for cove lighting?

I have a 12'x15' room to which I'd like to add cove lighting. There's a second floor above, so I don't have access from above. I do have an outlet along the wall where I can tap off for 120V power, ...
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Light and GFCI off 240v well circuit transformer

Due to costs of pulling I decided to try a used transformer as of infrequent usage of the GFCI and more of lighting. I opened the mobile home's 200 amp breaker box at the pole. It has a double breaker ...
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Replacing old doorbell transformer - wiring

This morning I opened up my main breaker box to replace the old doorbell transformer. I thought this would be a straightforward job but didn't account for confusing wiring of the old transformer setup....
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Doorbell Transformer?

Looking to update our transformer so we can install the Nest Hello. I believe I found it but wanted to verify if this looks correct?