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Old 02-06-2018, 07:50 PM   #1
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I am looking for a 12 VAC chimes for in a Sunday School room of a church. I am using a buzzer for the main part, but in a small room that would be deafening. I tried a doorbell; it works fine except the janitors need to hold the button long enough to sound the bells, so this doorbell makes a buzzing noise instead of a melodious chime due to the clapper being held too long. What's available in a pleasing chime?
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I am looking for a 12 VAC chimes for in a Sunday School room of a church. I am using a buzzer for the main part, but in a small room that would be deafening. I tried a doorbell; it works fine except the janitors need to hold the button long enough to sound the bells, so this doorbell makes a buzzing noise instead of a melodious chime due to the clapper being held too long. What's available in a pleasing chime?
You should not have to hold down a doorbell button for a chime to sound. There are many chimes out there and some you can even set to different tunes.
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The part that's making it hard is the 12VAC requirement. There are lots of doorbells that would do this without any fuss but after googling it doesn't look like there are any that use 12V power. There may be some that will run on 12VAC even though not rated for it.
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Hey CTshockhazard, what's that device you posted. I'm always wanting to learn more and interested.
Looks like a RIBU1C from Functional Devices Inc.
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Why is it 12vac? Can you upgrade the transformer to a normal doorbell transformer?
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If it's too loud, place some tape inside the bell.
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Just go buy a cheap Nutone chime kit at your wholesaler. Replace the xfmr. Your buzzer will work just fine on 16vac
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Looks like a RIBU1C from Functional Devices Inc.
Do you know what that device is used for?
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Do you know what that device is used for?
It's a relay in a box (RIB) - more expensive than a regular ice cube relay and socket but since it's in its own box you don't have to install an enclosure as well to house the relay. You can just attach this to a junction box and install a relay. This one will work with either low voltage or line voltage control so it's versatile.
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The part that's making it hard is the 12VAC requirement. There are lots of doorbells that would do this without any fuss but after googling it doesn't look like there are any that use 12V power. There may be some that will run on 12VAC even though not rated for it.
Exactly, that's why I suggested the RIB. Love the various inputs it'll take in both AC and DC.

I've used one in a very similar doorbell situation.
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Exactly, that's why I suggested the RIB. Love the various inputs it'll take in both AC and DC.

I've used one in a very similar doorbell situation.
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2 separate systems needed to use the same switches and the voltage ratings didn't match up. These, as far as I know, are the only readily available relays with such a wide range of coil voltages in a single unit.
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