Can a doorbell transformer be installed inside an electric panel?
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The National Electrical Code (NEC 725.136A) specifically excludes any low voltage wiring from being installed in an electric panel, raceway, or box used for high voltage (120/240V) circuits. Electricians know better, but we regularly find homeowner-installed doorbell transformers sitting loose in the bottom of an electric panel, like in the photo above. This particular homeowner also attached flammable paper tags to the wiring to each breaker to identify the circuits—another no-no.
It is acceptable, however, to mount the doorbell transformer to the exterior of a surface mounted electric panel, and is usually done at the top of the panel. Also, see our blog post Is a doorbell required by code for a house? and Can a home surge protector be installed loose in the bottom of an electrical panel box?
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