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The BL600 Series of Deck Marker Lights for My Home Improvement Project

BL600 Deck Marker Lights Installed

If you’re like me, there are always projects to do around the house. There’s one particular project I have wanted to do for some time but exactly how I was going to do it always stumped me, and that was how I was going to add lighting to my deck and walk-way around to our back porch area. Our neighborhood friends often come over to hang-out and let the kids play together. We do not have much lighting on the outside of our home, and when our neighbors left at night, they had to carry a flashlight to navigate around the pool decking, through the back fence, and around to the front of the house. A hot item on my “Honey Do List” was to figure out a way to better light the back area.

The BL600 LED Deck Marker Lights featured in the past, along with the BL700 series of Sensor Activated lights (will talk about in the next post), are what I used for this project. These products allowed me to install lighting on the handrails, steps, and other obstacles around the deck and pool area for visitors can leave at night without worrying about tripping on something…or worse, falling in our pool!

I’ve written several times about a very Innovative company named Exodus Innovations. They are the driving force behind the manufacturing of the Carlon LED flameless candles that have become so popular, especially over the holiday season. In case you’re not familiar with these candles, they are flameless, battery operated candles. They feature an LED bulb that never gets hot and will virtually last forever. Not only do these candles look extremely attractive, they are very intelligently designed. For instance, these were one of these first candles ever designed that had the ability to set the switch to “flicker” mode. Flicker mode enables the LED bulbs to flicker like realistic flames flicker. Not only can you set the candle to “on”, which has a constant burn, you can also set it to “flicker” mode using a selector switch on the side of the candle. There are models that feature a warm, orange-color bulb and also models that have the popular white burning bulb. They added a photosensor sell to the candles that enable them automatically to turn off at dawn on at dusk. The sensors manage the candles, and a common install of batteries should last you the entire holiday season.

Xodus has done it again with their BL 600 and BL 700 series of deck lighting. The BL 600 series of deck marker lights are powered by LEDs, turn on at dusk and off at dawn, and are great ways to mark obstacles and provide nice landscape lighting. They not only serve a safety purpose by providing guides or marking for potential obstacles (like deck rails) they also provide a nice decorative effect.

The unique feature about these products is the patented low glow technology, developed by Jenesis International. “Low-Glow” is a technology that allows their lighting products to emit a low LED glow at any desired time, but using very little power. A great example of the use of this technology is in the BL200 that we featured in the previous post. Low-glow technology is how the pushbutton has a warm, glowing light (or halo effect) around the actual push button on the product. The warm glow allows users to easily locate the button in a dark environment.

If you have a path, obstacle, deck railings, steps, or another obstacle, the BL600 series of LED lights are great ways to mark the path and safely guide you or your visitors. These products are easy to install using the supplied mounting bracket or double sided tape. Once mounted on the desired surface, the lighting unit slides off the bracket for power management and user settings.

These deck marker lights also feature a photocell that automatically turns the lights “on” at dusk and “off” at dawn. This feature provides power management to the light, and coupled with the low glow technology, enables these lights to guide you for approximately one year on three AA batteries.

Below is a brief video that highlights the features of these lights, and also provides mounting instructions:

Although the video is good, it does not do the product justice.  Frankly, you have to see the product in real-life, in action, to appreciate it’s quality and featuresThe BL 600 series of deck marker lights are available in three colors. Aged Bronze, Antique White, and Aged Nickel are all available for purchase on the 1800doorbell.com store.  They are manufactured by Xodus Innovations and have one year warranty.

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No Wiring Needed Under-Cabinet and Closet Lights

LED battery light by XodusIt’s actually pretty annoying.  You move into a new home and realize there aren’t any lights in the coat closet, or you look for that window cleaner somewhere under the sink and realize you are in the dark–literally.  This happened in our home.  We found our home when the builder was still building it.  I was really proud of the fact that I had thought of everything.  I asked the builder to install extra outlets, internet and cable jacks, etc., to ensure I really “future wired” my home.  I was really proud of myself, until the day we moved in and  my wife pointed out there wasn’t a light in the closet…never worry I said, I will figure out how to install a light in the closet.

I went to the website of the local DIY hardware store to see how to install something simple like a light in the closet and was happy to see how easy it would be…that was until I got to step two, which instructed me to run electrical wire from the circuit box to the closet…REALLY?  I knew it was time to hire someone.  I decided this was a job I was going to do and added it my already long, “honey do list.”  When that day came, I actually installed it in a couple of minutes. Yes, you read that right, I completely installed a light in the closet in a couple of minutes.  Not only did I install a closet light in a matter of minutes, I installed a state of the art light–one with a LED, adjustable bulb that automatically turned itself on when you open the closet door and also turns itself off.  I then installed on under the kitchen sink and a couple of other areas that need lighting.

 

 

How did I do it?

I installed the BL200 battery operated LED light by Xodus Innovations.   This is such a wonderful product I don’t even know where to begin.   It is a battery operated light that has a LED bulb that shines brightly.  Right under the bulb there is a small track you can move to adjust the angle of the bulb in order to shine the light in the direction you want.   Because this is a LED bulb it is very bright but never gets hot or draws much power from the batteries.  You can set the light on one of two modes.  Automatic mode activates the light when there is even a slight elevation is light and shuts itself off after 20 seconds  This makes the product great for closed pantries, inside of cabinet, and closed closets because opening the door will increase the light level, which in turn will cause the unit to instantly turn on.  If 20 seconds is not enough time, simply push the manual button and the light will stay on an additional minute.   In manual mode you push a small lighted button that turns the light on and after a period of time, one minute, will shut off in this mode as well.

If you need a work light, or a light for your RV, for example, this is a great product.  It will mount virtually anywhere and will burn for approximately 100 hours prior to battery replacement.  The light is powered by 4 x C sized alkaline batteries.  To install the product, simply attach the included mounting plate with supplied double sided tape or mounting screws to the mounting surface.  The actual lighting unit has built-in magnets that attaches it the metal plate.

Below is a short video by the manufacturer that highlights the features of the product.  After watching this video, please feel free to call or email us with any question you have or for ordering information.  You can find the product on our website by clicking: here.

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Hearing Solutions for the Hard of Hearing at 1800doorbell

solutions for the hard of hearing  This is an article written by my wife, Shawn Warren, who is hard of hearing:

Over 35 Million people in the United States suffer from a form of hearing loss; that is over 11% of   the population. And I know, because I am one of them. Hearing loss isn’t something that only    happens to the elderly. I was 29 when my hearing started to gradually slip away due to a    condition called otosclerosis. This disease causes the middle bone of the ear to harden, reduce  it’s ability to vibrate correctly and thus stop conducting sound. After surgery and the use of  hearing aids, which I don’t like to wear, I am able to function as well as most.  I am great and  reading lips, everyone in my home knows to speak loudly (especially my husband. )

However, I still face many challenges with everyday life. If people aren’t facing me so that I can  read their lips, I cannot discern what they are saying. When my cell phone or door bell rings, the  frequency of the sound is too high, and my kids have to alert me that something is ringing. But my biggest challenge and most disruptive to my family, was not being able to hear the television. It would have to be turned up to an extraordinary volume, or when available engage the use of closed captioning. Closed captioning was my best friend, but I have to admit a wee bit irritating for my husband and kids who can hear normally. Whenever my husband and I would rent movies, they had to be viewed with CC. If for some reason it was not available, I would have no idea what was going on, but would sit and watch the picture. It was a truly frustrating experience.

The truth is, when you are hard of hearing, it’s hard on everyone, even people in the home without a hearing impairment.  Although everyone in my home understands what I am going through, I also understand it is frustrating for them to have to constantly repeat themselves, turn the TV up extra-loud, or miss “normal” sounds like doorbell chimes, alarm chimes when a door opens, etc.  Family members can sometimes get frustrated and I am doubly frustrated because I feel bad.  I even get a little embarrassed because in public situations because the last thing I want to do is ask people to repeat themselves over and over.  If you are not hard of hearing it may be hard to understand my feelings but if you are, then you will probably know exactly what I am talking about.

Until my mother bought me a Christmas present that would change the way I viewed television forever! She bought me a pair of TV Ears. For those of you unfamiliar with this amazing product, it is a wireless voice clarifying TV listening device. It comes with a base station that plugs into your television and a lightweight headset with a volume control. At first, I was skeptical….then I tried them! Now, I cannot live without them! They allow me to watch TV without missing a single word and control the volume. They also block out any interfering background noise, allowing me to focus on the program I am watching. I now have a set on every television and back up headsets, in case they get left off of the charger and the battery dies. For anyone struggling with hearing loss, I would highly suggest checking out the TV Ears product and other products from www.1800doorbell.com to help make life more enjoyable!

http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-hearing-impaired-products-and-solutions.htm

Another benefit of the ears is my husband will use the ears when I am reading at night or I fall asleep.  It keeps the TV turned down low so everyone in the house is resting peacefully and not getting disturbed with a loud MLB baseball game blaring through the TV speakers.

I would 100% recommend TV Ears and some of the other products at 1800doorbell.com in our category of products specifically designed for the hearing impaired.  I have used many of them and not only has it made my life easier, they have made everyone’s life in our home easier as well.

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Prevent Baby Drowning in Pools and Hot Tubs with Help of An Entry/Exit Alarm

Swimming Pool Safety For Kids

Childhood drownings in or around the home is a tragedy that can be prevented.   Here are the facts:

  • Nearly 1,000 children die every year from drowning.
  • In 2002 the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a report stating that a whopping 350 kids, under the age of 5, drown in a pool, and that number has increased every year since then.
  • 2/3 of childhood drownings around the home happen from hazards other than pools and hot tubs.

 
 
 

It doesn’t take a swimming pool or large body of water for a baby or child to drown.  “While many of us are aware of the dangers a backyard pool poses to young children, not everyone knows about other drowning hazards around the home,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. “CPSC is alerting parents and caregivers to drowning hazards that might not be so obvious, to help prevent these devastating losses.’”

There are hazards everywhere around the home.  Babies and toddlers are explorers and to them, a small bucket of water or a toilet bowl are new areas to explore.  It is our job as adults to eliminate as many of these hazards as we possibly can to prevent these devastating accidents.  Although we cannot eliminate all of them, below are some tips and common sense advice ALL caregivers should follow:

  • Never, ever, under any circumstance, leave a baby alone in a tub, even for a second and always keep them at arm’s length.
  • Never use a seat in the tub without suction cups on the bottom to keep it secure and safe from slipping.
  • Never leave a bucket laying around the house, even if it only has a small amount of water in it.  Facts are it only takes about 2” of water for a baby to drown.
  • Know CPR!
  • Know where babies and children are at all times.
  • Keep exit doors locked at all times.

 

For babies, every precaution needs to be taken to ensure their safety.  It is YOUR responsibility, not theirs.  Swimming pools can be major hazard, but if you take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents, they can be a wonderful environment for children AND babies when under direct supervision.  Even if you have children and they are good swimmers, you have to think ahead and prevent drownings from neighborhood kids or kids visiting your home.   You always have to be on high alert and have layers of security to prevent unnecessary accidents:

  • Have a fence or barrier around the water at least 4 feet high, installed completely around the pool.
  • If your home forms one side of the barrier, make sure you have the door locked at all times.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside.
  • Know CPR.
  • Safety covers and/or barriers are mandatory to prevent children from getting into the water.  If you have a barrier or a cover, occasionally test to make sure children cannot get past it.
  • Ensure the door that leads to the pool is always locked and always know where children are.
  • Have an alerting device to notify you when a door leading to the pool or hot tub is opened.

 

Receiving an alert when a child approaches an exit (door) that leads to the pool should be mandatory.  We have a pool in our home and have a device that alarms when the door is opened, but have also added a motion sensor to alert us when anyone gets near the door that leads to the pool.  For this we use the RC4610 (SS4610) by Carlon.  It is a motion activated entrance /exit alert that will send an immediate alert to a receiver when anything enters the monitored zone.  This gives us an extra few seconds, which is critical, to know when a child is approaching the door.  We have the sensor mounted above the doorway with it angled down towards the floor.  If the baby crawls through the monitored zone we get a gentle chime sound.  If the baby actually opens the door when  the exit alarm is armed (HS4317D) we receive a  105DB siren.

The RC4610 is a PIR based entrance alert product by Carlon that sets up in seconds, is super easy to use, and is expandable with the full line of Carlon wireless door chime products.  The kit ships with two components – a battery operated motion sensor and one plug-in receiver.    The motion sensor features a mounting plate that you can pivot and angle the motion sensor towards the desired area you want to monitor.     The sensor is powered by 4 x AA batteries (not included) and includes the necessary mounting hardware for easy installation.  The receiver plugs into a standard wall outlet, will play one of eight tunes/melodies, and has a volume control selector for low/medium/high.  Both components also feature privacy codes that will help prevent interference from neighboring wireless devices.

 

For more information on this product, please feel free to visit the product here: http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-ss4610-wireless-motion-activated-chime.htm and also watch the video below:

This is a short video that shows how to set up the product, gives a quick summary of it’s features, and let’s you see it in action.  If you have any questions about this or other entry alert products, please feel free to call or email us directly at 800-366-7235 or send an email to info@1800doorbell.com

Terrible things happen, no doubt.  Our job as adults is to eliminate as many hazards as possible for children and extra precautions needs to be taken by YOU to prevent accidental drownings.

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Decorating with the Pineapple

pineappleThe pineapple has long served as a symbol of hospitality and graciousness.  But where and why did the pineapple become so popular, not only as a delicious fruit, but also as a source of decoration?

History documents that Christopher Columbus first “discovered” the fruit when a discovery voyage landed him in Guadalupe in 1493.  Upon bringing it back to Europe when he returned, the exotic nature and sweet taste quickly made the pineapple a coveted commodity.  Colonists in America began importing the fruit from the Caribbean during the 17th century.  Since visiting was the primary means of entertaining during these times, the concept of hospitality became a primary focus.  The pineapple provided a warm welcome to guests visiting and then often served as the dessert after the meal.  If guests spent the night, they would most likely sleep in a bed with pineapple carvings in the furniture of displayed prominently in the room.
Hostesses soon took the idea of entertaining and hospitality as a competition and events became more lavish and expensive.  This entertaining occasion was almost always reserved for the wealthy class to partake and enjoy.  However, there were also times when the pineapple was rented to elevate a person’s rank in society for showing the ability in bringing to the table such an expensive fruit for display.
Today, Americans continue use the pineapple design throughout their home and garden.  They are prevalent in the home in places like the foyer and living areas as well as kitchen.  Many use a form of pineapple finials on gateposts or as fountains for the garden. The use of pineapple plaques highlighted with the warm, inviting words “Welcome to our Home” has become a common sight, and pineapple doorbells have become a whimsical piece to welcome guests upon their arrival to your doorstep.
To add a beautiful touch of welcome to your front door, use the pineapple push button in either brass or silver to match your taste and style.  http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-ss1673l-brushed-nickel-lighted-pineapple-button.htm
Even till today, Americans continue to show interest in decorating the home with pineapple designs. Not only are pineapple designs prevalent in the home in places like the foyer and living areas as well as kitchen, they are also visibly displayed in the form of pineapple finials on gateposts or as fountains for the garden. The use of pineapple plaques highlighted with the warm, inviting words “Welcome to our Home” has become a common sight.
Virginia still continues to be one of the primary states that ardently displays pineapple motifs and designs in many of their household accessories, still highlighting the pineapple symbol as the highest form of hospitality rendered. The pineapple symbol is also an accent that is strongly welcomed by their hospitality industry where displays of pineapple themed fixtures and decorations on wall papers and furniture, are legendary. Virginia highlights many tourist destinations that imbibe the use of the pineapple into its architectural landscape. The Shirley Plantation highlights 3.5 feet of wooden pineapple constructed in the late 1700s on the peak of the roof line as a show of hospitality and as an invitation to river travelers coming to the plantation. The establishment also highlights the use of beautiful pineapple motifs within its premises.
1800doorbell.com stocks over 200 wired doorbell buttons.  With a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes, we are sure to have what you are looking for but if we do not , give us a mission and we will find it for you.  If you need help finding a wired push button for your specific tastes or needs, please do not hesitate to call or email us and we would be more than happy to help you.
*As a tip, when you visit or wired chime button category pages, be sure to take advantage of our product filters located just underneath the website category pages on the left-hand side of the page.  These filters will help you located the mounting style you need, the shape, lighted or non-lighted, and also the finish of the button!
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The Basic Setup of the RC3250 Wireless Door Chime

Today Michael shot a quick video on how to install the Carlon RC 3250 wireless door chime kit. Before reading this blog post or watching the video let me give you a quick warning: if you’re expecting to see high-end, polished videos given by professional marketeers, don’t watch this.  Michael works for us and our customer service department, and is not a professional video creator (sorry Michael).

I know there are going to be people who comment on this video or on this blog complaining about the quality of the video.  We made a conscious decision to shoot our videos this way for a couple of reasons.  As a consumer myself, I don’t really like to watch videos produced by professional marketing companies and paid actors.  I prefer to see videos about products made by real people in real usage situations.  Also, we are a small company and don’t have high-end advertising budgets.

With that said here is our first in a series of presentations or video shoots about some of our products. We’re trying to make these videos more focused on the do-it-yourself home-improvement person, not really a professional. We shot these videos with that in mind:

This is really a simple video about installing the RC 3250 wireless door chime by the Dimango/Carlon. This product ships with two pieces, a wireless doorbell pushbutton and a wireless plug-in receiver.

The hardest part about the installation of this product is removing it from the clam-shell or blister pack it is shipped in. I wish we had more control over that but we don’t :-).  Once you remove the two pieces from the blister pack your almost done with the installation process (seriously). Simply plug the receiver into a standard wall outlet, and mount the rear plate of the push-button, the doorbell transmitter, into the mounting surface such as an exterior wall next to a door. The doorbell transmitter cover or case pulls apart into two pieces. You screw the back-plate into the ball or door frame and snapped the cover on top of it. One important thing to note about installation is to ensure the small week pole at the bottom is pointed down. This will help moisture escape and humid or wet weather.

You will notice on the push button there is a small protruding pimple that sits directly on top of the actual black button you push to activate the push button. This is what you push to cycle through the various melodies played by the RC 3253, which is the receiver in the kit. There are a couple of reasons to change the melody.  One would be simply that you want to hear a different tune. The second reason is in case you have multiple push buttons and you need to identify which door your visitor is that. You would make the specific transmitter play a specific to on the receiver notifying you which door the visitor is at.

An important note about the series of Carlon wireless door chime products is they are, for the most part interchangeable. Meaning that you could take a plug-in receiver and add a battery-powered receiver and they will all communicate together. The same for the extended range transmitter, as well as some other more decorative battery-operated wireless receivers.

Take a moment to view the short video, and please let us know if you have any additional questions. Stay tuned for more videos and how to information about our products. You can always feel free to call us at 1–800 –doorbell, or send us an email at info@1800doorbell.com

To view this product in our store, please click here.

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What are Privacy Codes on Your Wireless Door Chime and How to Change Them

Update: In a series of videos for the Carlon line of wireless products, Michael has added another related to this post.  Specifically the video covers the same information show below but in a video format.  In this video, see:

  • What privacy codes are and what they are used for
  • Where privacy codes are located on the RC3253 and RC3301 (the two components in the RC3250 kit)
  • How to snip the wires
  • Do with caution as once you snip the wires, you cannot “un snip” them


One important note is that most manufactures have this sort of feature available on their wireless chime devices.  Some call them privacy codes, some may call them wireless codes, but the basic premise is the same.  Carlon (a Thomas and Betts company) uses the wire loops on the back of their product while some use dip switches to set the codes.  Regardless, all of them will have instructions on how to change these codes.  Be careful before changing the codes as sometimes it may void the manufacturer’s warranty so before cutting anything, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.

Original Post:

A frequently asked question to our support team at 1800 Doorbell concern what are known as “privacy codes” on their wireless door chime products.  Usually what spurs the call is someone’s door chime randomly chiming or ringing without anyone at the front door.  In some cases this could be due to a faulty device, low battery, etc., but more often than not, this is caused by a nearby device triggering the door chime receiver to chime.  Your neighbor uses their device and it causes your chime to ring.   To understand why this happens, we first need a very basic understanding of the wireless door chime and how communication between the door chime transmitter (wireless push button) and the receiver work.

Technically, the wireless doorbell button is a wireless transmitter.  When the visitor at your front door pushes the button, the wireless door chime button transmits a wireless signal to a wireless door chime receiver.  The transmitter and receiver are communicating on a given frequency so they can communicate effectively.  If your neighbor, for example, has a wireless product that is operating on the same frequency, interference could be the culprit causing your door chime to ring “randomly.”    The FCC only allows certain “usable” frequency bands available for public use.  We all familiar with our car radio tuner.  When you find the radio station you want to listen to, you are essentially making sure your radio receiver is tuned in the frequency of your favorite radio station’s broadcast.   Notice that I used the word “band” for each of these available frequencies.    For cost reasons, most manufacturers use the 300MHz to 433MHz bands for their door chime products.  The actual communications between the two devices (or multiple devices) occurs on  sub-frequencies (or channels) within the given frequency band.  If two close-by products are operating on the same frequency, then interference may occur.

The good news is most of your better wireless door chime manufacturers use what they call “privacy” codes to prevent interference between transmitters and receivers.  These privacy codes allow you to change the channel your transmitter and receiver communicate on to prevent them from operating on the same band where the interference was occurring.  Carlon, for example, uses tiny wires on the back of their door chime buttons and door chime receivers.  Each of these wires are labeled.  Using a set of nail clippers, you can simply cut any combination of these wires.  By snipping the SAME EXACT wires on both devices, you have changed the actual channel the products are communicating on.   For a good, detailed example of this, please visit a wireless door chime product, the RC3250 Plug In Door Chime.  Some manufacturer’s use wires, some use dip switches, some may use a button to change the channel.

Changing Privacy Codes on Your Wireless Chime

Changing Privacy Codes on Your Wireless Chime

Although many wireless devices operate on the same frequency bands, the transmission range isn’t usually strong enough to affect a neighboring device.  Even if you and your neighbor have the same wireless door chime system, most of the time their system cannot travel far enough to interfere with your system.  But if it does, you now know there is a good solution.

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Protect your pool and your family with a simple to use door alarm

long range door alertSince inception, 1800doorbell.com has carried a large offering of entrance and motion alerts, as well as exit alarms.  The most common uses of these types of alarms are for security purposes. Most users want to be notified when someone, or something, enters or passes through a door, or a certain monitored zone. I have written many other blog posts about the use of entrance alerts as a customer service device for your retail store, to alert you as soon as a customer has arrived.   I have also written in the past about using these entrance alerts to secure your facility against unauthorized entrances into your facility or office.   Today I want to talk about some obvious and very practical uses of entrance alerts around the home.

Several years ago we had a pool built in our backyard. Our state requires alarms to notify us when doors that lead from the house to the pool area are opened.   This is to ensure that children cannot wander out of the house unnoticed and potentially drown in the pool.   I conducted quite an extensive search for “pool alarms“, but was not happy with the products that I found. One of the biggest sellers is a simple entrance alert, that has a magnetic contact that you hook up to your door. When the door is open, the alarm emits a very loud siren sound. Although this certainly does the job of alerting you with a blaring siren when the door opens, it is actually not very practical. If you spend much time outside, and entertain often, that siren can be very annoying. However using something that has more of a gentle chime sound, where you can spread the sound throughout your home is much more appealing to me and my family.
The problem was that I could not find a system that met the requirements that I needed for the state requirement.

I needed something:

  • with a long range
  • loud chime that could be easily heard
  • something that I could distribute throughout my home, in case I wasn’t near the door when it opened

What I decided to do was build a kit to be used for the purpose of protecting my family and guests from wandering out into the pool. This kit, is known as the DA 2500 Door Alert, and consists of one window door contact, and one plug-in receiver. The range from the transmitter to the receiver is up to 2500 feet.    This may sound like overkill, but keep in mind that 2500 feet is the published range by the manufacturer. We all know that in reality, the published marketing range never really works in real life. This is because environmental factors will interfere with the wireless signal transmission. In homes, materials like brick, concrete, stucco, and other materials will dramatically reduce the transmission range on most products.   Essentially, this is the same reason that a wireless router in your home may not give you the range that the box says it will.

The transmitter in this kit can function as a push-button or a door window contact. Using the supplied double sided mounting tape, or the mounting screws, I easily attached the transmitter to the frame of the door that leads to the pool area.   When the magnetic contact between the door and the door frame is separated, the transmitter sends a wireless signal to the plug-in receiver.
The kit also ships with one plug-in receiver that has a volume control.  The system has the capability to play up to four different tones and plugs into a standard wall outlet.  However, since our home is 2 story, with a basement, it was important that we were able to hear the chime no matter what floor, or room we were in at the time.  So, we purchased additional plug-in receivers. I have one receiver in the basement, one receiver on the first floor of the home, and one receiver in our bedroom. We have the volume turned up loud to hear these receivers throughout the home.  Now when the door opens, a tone is generated. The tone that we chose is the four note Westminster chime. The volume control on the receiver is loud enough to where I can hear it throughout the bottom level of my home. However the one in my bedroom will wake me up at night if the door opens. The great thing about this product is that if I am outside, or around the pool area I can turn the sound all the way down, or simply turn it off.
This is an inexpensive, reliable product, that is very versatile. The applications for this product are limitless. A driveway alarm sensor can also be added to the system that works with the same receiver. When a car enters the driveway,  a different tone would chime alerting of a visitor in the driveway.   There are also motion sensors available,  additional door window contacts, and driveway alarms that I referred to earlier.  In the next blog post, I will address some other useful ways that these products could be applied ; specifically extended care facilities using them to alert caregivers when elderly patients leave their home.
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need help with this product or have a unique situation that you can’t figure out!  We are experts at coming up with solutions!  1 800–3 66–7235, or email at info@lordhenry.com.
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Unusual doorbells that make you take notice!

Why Can't People Ring the Doorbell?

 

Like many people who come to your front door, Jack Torrance in “The Shinning” obviously doesn’t know how to use a doorbell push button.  Rather than using an axe like Jack, why not use the doorbell?  Truth is, so many people simply bypass the doorbell and knock on your door.  How can something so simple be so hard for people to use? With the vast amount of technology surrounding us on a daily basis, simple things like ringing a doorbell push-button seems so hard for most people.

To be completely honest we get some pretty crazy calls here. I feel like we could write a nice, entertaining coffee table book about some of the crazy questions and advice we have received calls about.  When you are on the phone all day answering basic questions about doorbells, anything off topic is something we cherish.  One question, that on the surface might be amusing, is one that we actually can help with.  People have asked us before what we would recommend that get people to NOTICE their doorbell more, versus knocking on the door.   How many times have people come to your door and knocked rather than use the push button right in front of them?  If you are hard of hearing, or now within ear-shot of the front door, even loud bangs will often go unheard.  USE THE DOORBELL PEOPLE!
I have a rather easy answer, but before I get into that I like to show you some of the funny pictures I have found online of how others get people to notice their doorbell.  Notice I did not say, “push the doorbell.”  I am showing pictures of ways to get it noticed, for most of these, it may not be something you would actually get people to push but they will definitely notice it. mousetrap doorbellA funny one I came across the other day is coined “the Redneck Doorbell.”  To me, this would be a deterrent to actually use the chime but you certainly notice it.
I also found this awesome “eyeball” doorbell, that I would love to install at my own house.  It truly looks like someone inside the house is “eyeballing” you as you walk up to the front door!  And, it makes me want to push it, just to poke the intrusive button in the eye!
eyeball doorbellFor most of us, doorbell buttons like the ones above are not our style, so what do we do?   We feel like a lighted button is the best answer. A lighted push a button users an LED bulb inside the push-button to illuminate the button.  Even during the daytime, these illuminated buttons are bright enough for people to see.
There is a huge selection of push buttons to choose from, from classy and understated to over the top!  The key is to find one that matches the exterior of your home as well as your own style and personality!  As always do not hesitate to call us at one 800–366–7235 or email us at info@1800doorbell.com to find out more about the wide selection of chimes and push buttons that we recommend.

 

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A Doorbell for the Jokester in Your Like

doorbell jokesterBefore I got into this business, I never really thought much about doorbells. To be honest, I thought doorbells were rather boring.  I mean really, what can you do with the doorbell? Don’t they all make either a “ding-dong” sound” or maybe some standard classical tune like the Westminster chime?
Many years later and having worked with literally thousands of doorbells I can say I was dead wrong. The other day we got a call from a younger customer who was looking for a novelty doorbell for his new condo. He wanted something that would play a tune different than your standard door chime.  We told the customer to give us his email address and we would do some searching for him, and send him a link to door chimes that we thought would fit his needs. When seeing his email address, I quickly realized he was a Florida Gator fan. Boy did we have the right doorbell for him.
The chime we recommended is called an iChime. The iChime is a recordable, or programmable doorbell that allows you to record virtually anything you want on your doorbell. When someone pushes the  push button the door chime will play the recorded melody, song, or tune that you programmed into it. Recording into this product is very easy. With a built-in microphone, transferring music can be done in a snap. Simply turn the selector dial to the pre-programmed selection and when someone pushes the doorbell it’s going to play that favorite college fight song, rap song, holiday tune, or voice message that you want your guests to hear.
The iChime is wired doorbell. But don’t let that intimidate you, as installation is fairly straightforward and can be done by non-professionals by following the simple to use instructions.   The iChime uses a 16V transformer and 4 x AA Alkaline batteries to ensure proper backup of tunes in case of a power failure.
As I mentioned earlier, recording what you want on the iChime is fairly easy and straightforward. Using the built-in microphone or the separate audio line input, connected to your PC or portable audio device.  This product allows you to record up to six custom tunes, each up to 60 seconds in length.   Another great feature about the iChime is that it comes with 47 pre-programmed tunes that you can choose from.   Whether it’s a classical door chime sound like Westminster, ding-dong, St. Michael’s, etc., or a variety of holiday, Halloween , favorites like La Cucaracha, or reveille, or even a diverse array of fun and special occasion songs, this doorbell has something for everyone.
After sending the link to this product, the customer purchased this product, and became a happy customer!   He told us about a party he had prior to a Florida gator football game a few weeks earlier. He had recorded the Florida gator fight song on his new doorbell, and when his old fraternity brothers came over and pushed the button, they were ecstatic to be greeted by their favorite fight song.  Now he is the talk of the town amongst his group of friends.
The iChime is a recordable door chime marketed by 1800doorbell.com. For the jokester in your life, give us a call or see the product here.
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