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    I observed this light above the electrical panel during an inspection yesterday. I have no idea what it's purpose is. Has anyone ever seen a light like this before, and if so, do you know why it is there?

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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    From your photo, I don't see that is wired into the panel.

    Is that a bedroom inside that wall?

    Can it be seen from the street or a neighbor's house?

    Could that be an 'emergency' light which is switched on from inside to indicate that an elderly or other person is calling for help?

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    There is a security system, and one bedroom has a panic button. You may hace cracked it, Jerry.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


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    You may have solved the mystery!
    Thank, Jerry


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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    If he cracked it, he should be paying for it.


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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    good point...


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    Should not have cracked from this distance, thus it "failed under testing".

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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bishop View Post
    I observed this light above the electrical panel during an inspection yesterday. I have no idea what it's purpose is. Has anyone ever seen a light like this before, and if so, do you know why it is there?
    The pic sure looks like industrial grade equipment. The switch looks like NEMA type 12 dust-proof. Warning/flashing lights are often used in the agricultural business rather than horns so as not to disrupt the animals.


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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    I've seen them on septic systems along with alarms when the pump fails or overflow conditions exist.


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    Default Re: Mystery light above electrical panel

    If it is made from cast iron, then it could be an old explosion-proof lighting fixture that was reused at home. The many sealing screw holes, heavy lens protection, and large hex sealing nut (where the sealant is injected), makes it look like it was once an explosion-proof lighting fixture that has been remounted on a weatherproof box.


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