Uses of Door chimes and its mechanics
How can we forget that Ding Dong sound when someone pushes finger on your door bell also called door chime. Well, its all about electromagnetism. Read below to know how it works, but the most common use of the door bell has been to alert house owner, someone is outside your house. And this makes perfect sense since you can't keep your house open, but if you close the doors, you want to make sure you get alerted when someone wants to come inside or just meet you from outside, its that simple.
How does door chimes work?
When you press a doorchime button, you are sending electricity flow though electrical circuit that allows it to flow through the your doorbell's internal electromagnet. The magnetic field generated by the electromagnet in your door chime is then used to power a mechanism that creates the cute sound. Basically doorbells are low-voltage devices and because of these reasons, when you buy any doorbell, you want to make sure it has strongly built dependable electromagnet inside.
Types of Door chimes
As you all know bu now that a doorbell is a signaling device completely operating with use of its electromagnet. There are basically three types of door bells.
Wired Door Chimes
In most wired systems, a button on the outside next to the door, located around the height of the doorknob, activates a signaling device (usually a chime, bell, or buzzer) inside the building. Check their door chimes here...
Pressing the doorbell button, a single-pole, single-throw (SPST) push button switch momentarily closes the doorbell circuit. One terminal of this button is wired to a terminal on a transformer. A doorbell transformer steps down the 120 or 240-volt AC electrical power to a lower voltage, typically 10 to 20 volts. The transformer's other terminal connects to one of three terminals on the signaling device. Another terminal is connected to a wire that travels to the other terminal on the button.
You will not require batteries in these models and are the oldest type there have been in the market.
Wireless Door chimes
Telephone technology is also being used to wirelessly signal doorbells to answer the door-chimes push. You will find many wireless door bells which are powered by batteries to transmit radio signal. When the button is pushed, the transmitter sends built in radio signal to the receiver unit with help of battery power, which is plugged into a wall outlet inside the building. When the radio signal is detected by the receiver, it activates that chime sound which is played through a small powerful loudspeaker.
Now you must have gotten ideas that if you are buying wireless doorbells, make sure battery holds longer period and use different radio signal than other electronics in your home to avoid frequency interference.
You will see various types of smart door chimes or door bells in market, basically they are connected to internet using latest technology called Internet of things -IOT. Ring is the best selling smart doorbells on amazon.
These smart door bells have HD monitors, WiFi, Bluetooth, Cameras. You will be surprised to hear they can work with Alexa, accepts your commands programmed with Amazon Alexa.
Does it have a doorbell function that you can hear from inside the house or do you have to carry your phone around everywhere?
If you wire it up where your existing door bell was, it will ring a traditional (wired) door bell inside the house. If you do not have it connected through wiring, only the unit and your mobile devices will ring. They do have the Ring Chime, which is a wireless unit that you plug in inside your house that works with the door bell if you want more of a traditional system without the wiring
Benefit of these smart Door-chimes are
- They Work with Alexa or such AI enabled devices to illuminate and send announcements to Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected. You can also see, hear, and talk to visitors through Echo Show or Echo Spot.
- Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
- Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell
- Works on any home, with or without existing doorbell wires
- Monitors your home in HD video with infrared night vision
- Lets you check-in on your property at anytime with Live View on-demand video
What else required to operate a door chime?
Transformers are required if you have wired door bells. Double check if your package contains required transformer, if not you will have to purchase it separately, but make sure voltage is according to the instructions.
Wired Doorbell Advantages
- More decorative options: Many wireless doorbells offer purely functional plain white or beige components and also offer some designs which are more ornate to match your decor. If you choose a hard-wired doorbell, you will find more designer choices. Looks range from retro brushed steel to ornate, antique metallic scroll designs to sleek wood doorbell covers and more.
- Pricing about the same: As wireless models.
- Fairly easy to install: Since your home may have most of the wiring already.
- Can accommodate lighted push button: If your doorbell is completely hard-wired with no batteries to run down, a lighted button will usually work. With a wireless doorbell or any battery operated doorbell, a lighted button would burn through the batteries too quickly to be practical.
- No concerns about interference or range: The hardwired system can have a range as long as you have wires to support it. There are no signals transmitted over the air, so no interference. (Although wireless systems have options to eliminate these issues.)
- More traditional chimes: For those who prefer the classic doorbell chime tones with rich symphonic sound over whimsical sound options – and those who would never want to change the sounds anyway, hard-wired doorbells work great. You do generally get a unique front door and back door chime sound with a wired doorbell, that’s enough for many homeowners.
Advantages of Wireless Doorbells
Affordable and versatile, battery-operated wireless doorbells can be placed almost anywhere and take just minutes to install. Radio waves connect the transmitter (the outdoor button or buttons) to the receiver (the bell or speaker inside the house). This renders physical electrical wiring unnecessary. Here are some of the advantages of wireless doorbell technology:
- Versatility: It’s simple to move the location of a wireless doorbell to better fit your home’s layout.
- No changes to the house are required: Some people would rather not drill holes in their walls (although they are very small holes) and run wiring. No holes are needed to a wireless doorbell.
Simple installation: The transmitter button can simply be attached to the wall with the adhesive strip on the back of the unit. The indoor receiver may plug into the wall or run on batteries.
- Range is sufficient for most homes: The range of wireless doorbells has been improved to the point that the radio signals, transmitted from the front porch doorbell button, to indoor receiver can be heard throughout the entire house. Signal ranges vary from 150 feet up to 1000 feet.
- Extenders are available: If you have a large home, extenders (additional receivers) are available to relay the doorbell signal for larger property. There are also portable receivers that you can take with you. These are handy if you’re working in the back yard or garage.
- Multiple channel operation: With this feature, your wireless doorbell avoids interference from a neighbor’s doorbell. If your bell is sounding when the neighbors have a visitor, simply change the frequency of your doorbell to another channel.
Battery powered with long-life batteries: The transmitter buttons are typically powered by long-life lithium batteries, which are usually supplied with the transmitter. The receivers inside the home may plug right in to a wall outlet – or may be run by batteries. (These batteries are not usually supplied.) Most wireless doorbells will operate for up to 2 years before battery replacement is needed.
Chime variety: If you’d like to have the option to change the doorbell tone, tune or melody, many wireless doorbells offer several choices – some even offer 50-plus. This multi-tone capability is also helpful if you want to use multiple doorbell buttons, for instance front door, back door, side door, etc. You can assign a different tune to each door.
Advanced features: Some wireless doorbells offer security and convenience options like intercoms, motion detectors and/or window sensors. There are also models that offer a visual signal – a flashing light – along with (or instead of) the audible doorbell which work well for the hearing impaired. The visual signal is also handy for a business where the noise level would prevent you from hearing a doorbell.
What are Chime doorbells
Ding-dong chime doorbells are slightly more sophisticated. They have two metal bars at either side that make the two different musical notes when something hits them.
Which is best? Wired Door Chime or a Wireless Door Chime
Short sweet answer to this would be wireless door chimes. They are easy to install, not bulky in shape size, uses current technology to help you better, has lots of advantages already described above.
Now if you don't want batteries powered gadgets, you are in love with old classic designs and look, you can go for wired door chimes. But my conclusion is below.
I want to use gadgets which uses current technology, for that reason smart door chimes are the doorbell to go for. They have many benefits mentioned above, but the hands down feature is to be able to monitor outside the door 24/7. Also these are internet connected, so in future they will evolve to be more powerful and helpful for home owners and renters alike.
Thomas is a Pro himself, who has been in the business of home renovation & construction, working with various tools. He used to be the owner of 2 local construction companies with over 18 years experience. His works also include writing inspiring Do IT Yourself Tips & Tricks.