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.