Date registered: Nov 2003
Vehicle: 1988 560SEL sold:
Location: Level 42
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A tree just outside my house was hit by a lightning several years ago. The bolt came through the tree, worked its way through the root and jumped to low voltage exterior lights and transferred over to cable TV wiring. As a result, the the surge popped the timer out of exterior lighting transformer mounted next to the panelboard and blew a few bulbs. It also fried the network card and the cable modem. Our irrigation system controller had to be reset and the garage door opener combination had to be reset as well.
I do recall that the lightning strike did not trip any of the breakers in the panelboard at our house either. I am not an electrician but perhaps the reason being the surge took place downstream of panelboard and never traveled back to reach the circuit breakers.
Regarding outlets on the top floor: are they part of the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) circuit? Look for outlets with typically red and black buttons and see if the reset button (typically red) is at 'out' position. Push the button in and see if it stays in place. If not, replace with a new GFCI outlet ($10 - $15). Be sure to turn off the specific circuit at the breaker in the panelboard and put the tape over breaker (so nobody flips the switch back on while you have the exposed lead of hot wire pinched between your fingers) before you set off to work. Follow the instruction included with the replacement GFCI (I recommend the one by Leviton with the LED indicator) and it should be a straightforward job.
I suspect the same thing that happened to my cable modem may have happened with your TiVo; the surge may have come through cable or satellite dish. Call TiVo and see if they'll replace the unit - the cable company I subscribe to had absolutely no issue replacing mine.
With outdoor lights, set the timer in the transformer (if it comes with one) to turn on the lights and see if your transformer hums. If it doesn't then the transformer may be shot - it may be a electrical fire hazard so replace promptly with the same capacity or larger transformer. If it hums, examine bulbs.
I don't know enough about sound box nor its wiring specific to your installation so I can't offer much help but hope the rest helps.