Most houses will have some kind of alert system by their front door nowadays, and there are many different systems that come in many different shapes and sizes. While some can be as elaborate as providing you with video footage of who is at the front door, some can be simple but decorative pieces that provide you with a way to match their appearance better with the existing décor to avoid the equipment looking out of place.
In this article, we provide a few tips and ideas on what’s involved with setting up a doorbell system for your home.
The Basics of Doorbell Systems
Older doorbells use a low current of about 6 volts. Newer models may use up to 14 volts to buzz or sound a bell to alert you. Chimes doorbells require more power and can use as much as 24 volts.
The power to run the doorbell is provided through a transformer which converts your household power down to a much lower voltage. A couple of slim wires connect the outdoor doorbell to the transformer inside the property. Then when someone presses the doorbell, it completes the electric circuit which powers the bell or buzzer or chime system.
With standard doorbells, they don’t use much power because the circuit isn’t triggered often, so doorbells are pretty energy efficient.
As mentioned, doorbells come in a variety of shapes, sizes and features. One of the newer design innovations is a doorbell button with LED lights to make it easier for the visitor to see when they’ve properly activated the bell.
As the audio might be played inside the property, when all the doors and windows are closed, it’s sometimes difficult to hear if the doorbell chime or bell has rung. it. So, the LED light is a useful feature to avoid someone outside repeatedly ringing the bell.
The LED lights last many years and cut through the nighttime darkness extremely well too.
Simple Installation Tips
Installing a wired doorbell is simple enough. The transformer will be connected to your mains power, so it’s important to turn off the power at the main breaker first. While the low voltage isn’t too high, no one wants to be accidentally shocked!
You’ll need a drill to create a hole for the doorbell to be positioned and the wires to get connected later. It’s a fairly simple process for anyone who’s ever used a drill or put in some screws to hang a picture frame on the wall, for example.
Make sure you complete the task in one day – so don’t start too late when the light might die out – as you don’t want to leave any holes exposed overnight.
Avoid Installing a Doorbell When Visitors Are Coming
It might seem obvious, but people still manage to get started on installing a doorbell and then turn off the power. Partway through, they realize that they’re missing something and have to run off to the DIY store to buy it. Meanwhile, the power is off in the home and if there’s anyone left in the home, they don’t get alerted when the visitors arrive.
Plan what you’re doing first. Read any instructions provided and ensure you have everything you need before you begin. And, of course, don’t try installing a replacement doorbell when people are coming over.
Installing a new doorbell at the front or rear of your home isn’t as hard as you think. There are systems that alert you slightly differently depending on whether a visitor is at the back or front of the property too. So, you’ll always know which direction you’re headed to greet people.