A decorative wireless doorbell can help ensure that you will never again miss a visitor or a delivery thanks to working in the garage or in the back garden. More than that, a stylish doorbell with a pleasant chime says something about your home and your establishment. Whether it is a simple buzzer or whether it sings out the traditional “Big Ben” sequence, a doorbell lets you know when someone comes calling – and it sends a message about how you feel about your home.
Parts of a Doorbell
Doorbells have two main parts: the button that sends a signal, and the receiver that sets off the chime. With today’s electronic resources, it is easy to obtain a receiver that can be programmed to one or more chime selections – much like a contemporary alarm clock. Advanced door chime systems might include motion sensing security features for both doors and windows. Between the button that sends the signal and the receiver, there must be either a wired or wireless connection to allow them to communicate.
Decorative Push Buttons
Doorbell buttons can range from the familiar simple pushbutton set in a metal oblong, to elaborate contemporary designs. If you have obtained a wired model, it is sometimes possible to wire it into a wireless system, allowing you to use a favored design regardless of original function. Wireless designs are handy because they preclude the necessity of stringing wires across ceilings or through walls to allow the doorbell to work.
The Chime Box
Regardless of whether it connects to the push button via a wire or via wireless delivery, doorbell systems require a sound production device. That might be an old-fashioned box that has physical chimes, or it could be an electronic receiver that can play back a pre-selected choice of several different ringtone selections. It is conceivable that you could even have your doorbell play a pre-recorded melody.
Putting it Together
Doorbells are a combination of a pushbutton or motion sensor that communicates with a receiver that plays a tone or sequence of tones. Both sender and receiver can be plain or decorative. But part of the fun of locating and installing a doorbell is to find something that reflects you, your personality, and the first impression you want to make on visitors or guests. It can also be a question of convenience and practicality whether your doorbell is wired, unwired or uses motion detection. Let’s explore some doorbell buttons, chimes and systems and see if we can find something for you.
Toasted Sienna Door Chime Button
Dress up your exterior entry with a Charlton home rectangular door chime button. The scroll-worked edges bring textured interest to the toasted sienna metal cover, making the white button really pop visually. Modest and understated, it is still an attractive element for your entryway. Easy mount even for those with modest handyman skills, with two Philips screws.
Brass Gecko Door Chime Button
Here is a cheerful and charming fellow to dress up your front door! The Waterwood Gecko Lizard Doorbell is crafted using a sand-casting technique. Add this little guy with easy-mount screws. The central push button is lighted, and the whole assembly can be used with a wireless doorbell setup. Insurance sales jokes aside, this little fellow is sure to encourage guests to smile.
Simple Wireless Doorbell with Eight Chimes
Nothing fancy to see here, folks, just a simple doorbell ready to do its job. However, if you are tuned to the aural, you’ll enjoy the added perk that you can select from eight different chimes for your wireless doorbell system. Better yet, you can carry the receiver with you to any location within 490 feet of the push button.
Unlighted Brushed Nickel Door Button
Simple, unlighted Broan brushed nickel door button can be part of an up to three-button set. With the right wireless setup, you can program each door of your home to have a different ring, so you will always answer the correct door in a timely fashion. No more missed guests or deliveries by answering the wrong door!
Smart Video Door Chime
The doorbell button looks just like any other, but it incorporates advanced motion detection, 2-way audio accessible from your smartphone, tablet or pc, as well as HD video capture within the motion detection zone. Whether you are avoiding Great-Aunt Hepzibah with her white glove or checking out a prospective blind date, the Pro Video Doorbell takes the guesswork out of answering the door.
Brass Veda Doorbell
A brass Veda doorbell, with stylized petals around the central button makes a charming, otherworldly addition to your entry door. This offering from Waterwood can make a charming statement about your home before your guests ever enter. Made in India, it is not intended for wireless use, but could be wired into a wireless system for your convenience.
Wireless Doorbell System
Sado Tech presents a wireless doorbell system that includes one button and two receivers. The system operates at more than 500 feet. Users can select from fifty different chime tones, but both receivers must be calibrated for a single tone. Practical applications include shops with a front and back section or as an alert system for a person confined to a chair or bed.
Not Just a Door Chime
Here is a Father’s Day DIY project for security conscious dads. This hanging door chime from Honeywell has three push buttons, and can also have motion detection added for doors and windows. Smart, contemporary design can be simply hung or can be placed to fit over existing holes. Battery operated, it continues to function even if the wired transformer fails.
Wood and Brass Decorative Doorbell
This wood and brass contemporary decorative doorbell from Carlon, Lamson & Sessions will make a charming wall decoration in any home. It works with up to three doorbells, making it a good choice for homes with more than one entry. The pushbutton that comes with it is rather plain, but decorative covers can easily be added. The receiver works at a distance of up to 150 feet.