Not just part of home alarm system, decorative wireless doorbell offers a warm welcome to your guests. It makes a difference to pick unique design and style when it comes to wireless doorbells. Way back then, what were solely available in the market is plain rectangular shaped doorbells. Thanks to the state of the art facilities and innovative technology advancement, there are now wide range of models and brands coming in different styles and colors which will surely spruce up your home’s exterior or interior design. You can choose from illuminated, vintage to contemporary themes that may reflect your own personal touch making your home more appealing.
A Glimpse of the Past
It’s nice to take a glimpse of how door bell history evolved for centuries. In early times, the first door knockers that were built in castles features vintage images with parts attached to the exterior part of the door and connected to a hinge so that visitors may lift it up to produce clanging sound inside.
During the early part of 1800s, Joseph Henry, an American Scientist invented the first ever electric doorbell. As time progressed, doorbells are made with buzzers and chimes. In the twentieth century, there are two types of doorbells available: the wired and the wireless doorbell.
The wired doorbells have been around in most residences for centuries. Obviously, it doesn’t require battery replacement. It also offers stable electrical signal and reliable sound quality. One unit can last a decade or more depending on maintenance and usage.
How Does a Wired Doorbell Works?
The sound in wired doorbells is produced through the switch located within the doorbell button mechanism in which the switch connects with various wire terminals attached to voltage transformers.
How Does a Wireless Doorbell Works?
The first wireless doorbells were introduced in early 1990s. Wireless doorbells are cordless products built with bells that work as transmitters passing signals through radio waves hence no longer require wire set-up. These transmitters are typically mounted at the front door. Each comes with a portable receiver which can be placed anywhere within the unit’s operational range.
Features to Look for in Choosing Decorative Wireless Doorbell
- Materials, Shapes and Sizes
The material of most doorbell buttons are often made of plastic but the surrounding finishing covers may vary. The metal covers may be refined with bronze, copper, silver, ceramic, wood or glass. Wireless doorbells come in various sizes and shapes like rectangle, oblong or circle. Some mimics animal design or other nature themes. Others convey vintage or futuristic themes and even abstract designs as means to express your artistic nature.
- Weatherproof Doorbells
From hot summer days to ice cold winter, wireless doorbells work perfectly for your home especially in outdoor areas including the swimming pool and garage.
- Lighted Buttons and Systems
Lighted buttons help guests locate the doorbell especially at night. Also, the flashing light alert system is an additional feature which you may consider especially for people who have hearing problem.
- Sensors and Pet Doorbells
Most wireless doorbells these days are also built with motion sensors such as intercom and video cameras. Likewise, there are doorbells that control your pet access through collar activation system.
- Sound Options
Sound options may be basic. This includes ringing sound or the typical “ding dong” buzzer. Some are changeable coming with preset songs while there are wireless doorbells that can be customized through personal sound choices from digital download.
- Quality of Sound
Look into the specifications for CD quality and frequency blocking. The latter helps a lot to block interference especially if one of your neighbors uses similar frequency setting for car alarms and garage door openers.
- Sound Range to Corresponding Space Area
100 to 150 feet sound range: small to mid-sized space
300 to 500 feet sound range: large space
Long range wireless doorbells up to 3,000 feet: for very large space and multi-level buildings.
Important note: The radio signal transmission may vary depending on location, construction materials and thickness of walls.
Spaces Requiring Sound Extenders
A sound extender otherwise called chime extender or amplifier to aid in allowing sounds to be head from difficult areas like attics, garages, lawn and basement. Be sure to buy sound extenders that are compatible with the doorbell kit.
Common Issues Encountered with a Decorative Wireless Doorbell
- The wireless doorbell is activated on its own
There’s no ghost, it just happen that your neighbor use the same radio wave frequency for other installed wireless devices. Change the frequency or the security code in your doorbell’s setting.
- Problem in searching for matches
Try to expose the circuit board using a screwdriver. Use a paper towel to dry moisture which could be the culprit of the problem. If this doesn’t work, check that the preset security codes on the transmitter matches and the receiver. Or else, check the batteries. Damage batteries may affect the performance of the unit. If you still encounter problem, be sure that the receiver is placed to a certain range covered by the unit. Move around and try again.
How to Install a Decorative Wireless Doorbell?
- Place the batteries or plug on a/c source.
- Install the button unit outside the door. Use adhesive or screws to mount.
- Check the transmitter and receiver maximum range and place it at most convenient area.
- Press the doorbell button and chimes from the receiver it works correctly.
- If it works, you’re done.
Installing a decorative wireless doorbell comes with a lot of advantages. It’s practical, economical and easy to use. Typical decorative doorbells have price range of $50 to $200. Price defer with features and performance. Choose the unit the best suit your budget, needs and taste. For ease, read reviews and compare the pros and cons. It helps a lot.