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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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Improve Customer Service Dramatically for Pennies a Day!

entrance alerts for businesses I came across this picture today and thought it apropo to what I wanted to blog about.  This dog is truly the family watchdog.  Obvious by the sign that is posted this dog takes his job as the official family entrance alert very seriously.  Entrance alerts are products that notify you when someone or something enters a monitored zone.  It could take the form of a driveway alarm, a door window contact, a motion detector, or even the economical, mechanical entrance alert like the EZTone.  As a small business owner I cannot fathom that all businesses don’t have some sort of entrance alert for the security and safety of their employees. Not only are these products great security devices they also have great customer service benefits as well.
Many of us don’t have fido waiting by the window watching for anything approaching our facility so we need to look for products or services to help us.  As a small business owner, I have often been faced with decisions whether to leave the front doors and back doors unlocked. Receiving packages every day from the Postal Service and/or FedEx and UPS, having the door locked means I risk missing package delivery or pick up.   In many cases when you don’t hear them approach they will quickly leave and not drop off your packages.  Sounds like a petty thing but for many businesses this is actually a big deal.

So then you think about leaving your doors unlocked. We had a scare a couple of years ago when we found someone randomly walking through the front offices of our facility.  In this case, the person was in the wrong place so it wasn’t really a big deal. Often times sales people, selling things like phonebook directories, phone service, copiers, etc., will randomly walk in a business looking for someone to talk to.   In today’s times, this is a major security concern, and as a small business owner, you owe it to your employees to ensure their utmost security and safety. For this reason I cannot imagine why all businesses don’t all have some sort of entrance alert.
Entrance alerts will send a notification to a remote location when someone enters your facility.  When managers or business owners think about entrance alerts they often think that these are elaborate or expensive systems and would need to be installed by a professional. This is simply not the case. 1800doorbell.com offers a variety of cost effective, do-it-yourself type of entrance alert products that are highly effective,  cost effective, and simple to install.  We have products that are purely mechanical in nature, wired products, and wireless products, some with ranges of up to 50 feet, and some with ranges up to several miles.  These devices will allow managers and office employees to roam freely about the facility without feeling threatened by someone randomly coming in the offices.There are different classifications of the products that I’m mentioning here. One of the oldest and best sellers of all time is the DC1 EZTone entrance alert. This is a self-contained product that easily installs above a doorway, on both inswing and outswing doors. The product has a magnetic plunger that breaks apart when the door is opened. The plunger is released striking a metal plate inside the box producing a gentle tone sound. This product is great for areas under 2000 ft.², such as offices or convenience stores.
For most commercial applications, we highly recommend the DA50L-A.  This is a wireless entrance alert that has a range from the sensor to the receiver of up to 2000 feet. Although this may sound like overkill for you, keep in mind that concrete, metal, stucco, and other building materials will dramatically affect the transmission signals strength. A 2000 foot range will give you the power you need to penetrate those environmental factors that other products simply won’t have the juice to do.This entrance alert is a wireless product that ships with one wireless transmitter and one plug-in receiver. The wireless sensor/transmitter, is a PIR sensor typically mounted over an entrance that you want to monitor. This sensor emits an an invisible passive infrared beam that is triggered when a heat and movement signature is detected and then transmits a wireless signal up to 2000 feet to the plug-in receiver. The plug-in receiver has volume control, four zones capable, and the ability to output a live 12V current, and a terminal screw for a loudspeaker. This  allows you to connect the receiver to a loudspeaker,  strobe light, or any device that maybe powered by a twelve volt current.
A typical scenario is for a business to leave the front door unlocked, and to install this sensor above this door. When someone enters your facility, a wireless signal is sent to the receiver, playing a gentle chime sound letting you know that a guest – or a customer – has arrived.  The great thing about this product is you can have multiple transmitters – if you have more than one door –  and multiple receivers – if you need to hear the alert in multiple locations of floors.Although this product is primarily used as a security type of device, it is also used to dramatically increase customer service.  Many retail stores use this system to alert them when a customer enters the store. This allows employees not to be tethered to the front desk and allows them to work in places like the stockroom. They hear this alert and then immediately know a customer has entered the store. The beauty is that now they can go personally greet and speak with their potential customer. Gas stations and convenience stores often use this product to alert them when someone enters the beverage cooler, for example.
Homeowners often use these entrance alarms for similar type reasons as well. One great application is for use on exterior doors. This is great when you have small children and will alert you when they exit your home, open a door, or enter an area that you want to monitor such as a pool.
These products are highly effective, and very simple to install. Better than that they are extremely cost-effective. We have models ranging from $39.99 to $149. Regardless of your situation, I am sure we have the solution that you need. Please call or email us and our experts would be happy to assist you in choosing the right product for your needs.
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A Simple Solution to an Annoying Problem for the Hearing Impaired!

i cannot hear my doorbellI can’t hear my doorbell!”   There are several different reasons that you may not be able to hear your doorbell and after asking a few questions, we are able to quickly diagnosis the problem and most of the time – find a solution!    The underlying issues usually fall into the one of three categories I have outlined below:
1.  One group that typically can’t hear the doorbell ring is the elderly or the hard of hearing.   We offer an entire line of products to help with this frustrating situation.  Depending on the severity, this will dictate what product we may recommend.http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-hearing-impaired-products-and-solutions.htm  The most common product we recommend for simple hard of hearing issues is the WC 180. This is a doorbell manufactured by 1800doorbell that offers a bright strobe light to notify the user when the doorbell is ringing.  The receiver (chime and strobe)  plugs into the wall, and will play one of three sounds when someone pushes the wireless pushbutton located at the door.  At the same time,  the receiver is playing the chime, a bright LED strobe light flashes in sequence with the tune.    This product is also available with extra pushbuttons to allow side or back doors to have a pushbutton as well.   Or add an additional receiver/chime to other rooms in your home, so that you don’t miss an important visitor or delivery man!
2.  Another category for folks who can’t hear their doorbell ring is when the doorbell is older, or simply was not designed to be very loud.  The easiest fix for this is an add on product to your existing doorbell called the “extend-a-chime” by Carlon,  or the
RC3200.  This ingenious product ships as a kit that includes one transmitter and one plug-in wireless receiver. The transmitter is very easy to set up by wiring  into your existing wired doorbell transformer.   Although that may sound intimidating, the easy-to-follow instructions will enable just about anyone to install this in a snap.  Here is how it works:    when someone pushes your wired doorbell’s front button as an example, the transmitter that’s wired into your transformer will generate a wireless signal and send it to the plug-in receiver.   Not only will your existing wired doorbell ring, the plug-in receiver will also chime. You can add as many plug-in receivers, (battery operated receivers are also available, if you need something more portable) throughout your home as needed.
This system works well in situations where you may have added an addition to your home, finished your basement,  or want to be able to hear the doorbell in the garage.   Simply installing a doorbell extender like this one will increase the listening range throughout your home or business for you to hear the doorbell chime.  It is so simple and cost effective that you will wonder how you ever got along without it!
3.  Finally, for the extremely hard of hearing, or deaf, we carry a full line of alert and notification systems specifically designed for the deaf. These products have been designed from the bottom up with the hearing impaired in mind. Whether you want a motion sensor with a bright LED notification, a doorbell that has an extremely bright LED to provide a visual indicator, or even a bed shaker alarm clock, we carry the full line of products from some of the best manufacturers in the world.
If you have trouble hearing your doorbell, we have a solution that works for your situation. If we don’t carry the right product to help your situation, we will do everything we can to help you find a product that will.  We truly care about our customers, and  pride ourselves on the doing the right thing at all times!
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How to prevent door chime interference
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Why does my Doorbell Ring when my Neighbor’s does?

This is a question that seems to come up frequently with many of our customers. Most wireless doorbells and/or chimes on the market today have what are called “privacy codes” or channel selectors.   Back in March of 2012 I wrote a similar article you can link to here: http://www.1800doorbell.com/blog/doorbells-door-chimes/wireless-doorbells/privacy-codes-wireless-door-chime-change/ or you can visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ): http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-door-chime-faq.htm#faq1

 First, let’s understand why interference occurs. Wireless doorbells, and almost all other wireless products for that matter, operate within a given frequency range.    For example, we have a doorbell that operates at 315 MHz when it transmits a signal from the pushbutton to the wireless receiver.   If some other device within the range of the transmitter and receiver is operating on that same frequency, those signals will interfere with each other, or create a problem with operation.
This is really the same problem that happens when a neighbors device randomly seems to ring your device.  Or, have you ever had a baby monitor and can pick up people talking? Or how about a walkie-talkie, you put it on a channel and can hear other people talking on that same channel. All of these things are basically occurring because it’s all happening on the same frequency.
Privacy codes provide the ability to change the actual operating frequency of the device. When I mentioned earlier that we have a doorbell that operates at 315 MHz, in reality it operates within a given range around 315 MHz. Privacy codes on the back of the receiver and on back of the doorbell transmitter enable you to manually change the operating frequency. A good way to think of it is after changing the privacy code the transmitter sends a signal at 315.5 MHz.  When the receiver has privacy codes and they are set to 315.5 MHz those two components are operating at exactly the same frequency. The likelihood of another device operating at 315.5 MHz is slim.
Here’s  a drawing of the privacy codes that appear on the back of Carlon/Dimango wireless door chime products included with their chime products.  On the back of the transmitter (the push button) and the receiver there are tiny wire loops.  Snipping, or clipping, these wires will change the privacy codes to any combination different than the default.
How to prevent door chime interference
Privacy codes will help avoid interference, and they also enable you to do things like pair specific pushbuttons with certain receivers.  A business may want to have a pushbutton work with a receiver in the receptionist office and have a different pushbutton work with the receiver in the warehouse managers office. By selecting privacy codes and matching the devices to the respective components, you are ensuring that your chimes operate correctly.
Still confused?  Give us a call,  we will help you sort it out.   If you have a business,  or a multifamily complex where there may be multiple push buttons and receivers,  privacy codes will play an important role in your set up. For more help or information please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-366-7235 or email us at info@1800doorbell.com .
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Can a Doorbell save your Life?

doorbell wakes family to fire

Being completely honest, sometimes it is hard to write about doorbells.  Although we are extremely passionate about them here at 1800doorbell.com, we completely understand why they may not be very exciting to you.   As hard as we may try, getting others excited about them is hard to do.  We believe there are so many reasons why you should love doorbells like we do:

1) Notifies you that people are at your door:  DUH!  but I had to list it.

2) Some doorbells and door chimes actually sound cool.

3) There are some gorgeous doorbells to choose from that will add a nice decorative element to your home.

4) Doorbells can actually save lives.  From a security perspective, especially for a business, you don’t want people aimlessly wander around your office or warehouse.  What studies show is that people will typically ring a doorbell when there is one present.  When one is not, many will often walk in, uninvited.

Today I was reading an online news story and came across one on WZZM Channel 13 News where a doorbell saved lives.  Apparently, a fire started in a family’s garage and although the smoke detectors were working, they did not wake the homeowners.  What actually woke the homeowners was the ringing doorbell.

So don’t discount the need for a good, working doorbell. On the surface, they may not seem like a big deal but we feel like they deserve more credit than they typically receive.

If you have a doorbell that doesn’t work or want information on a new doorbell, please call us at 800-366-7235 or email us at info@1800doorbell.com and we would be more than happy to help link you up with the doorbell of your dreams.

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Free Report: 18 Things Your Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Get inside the mind of a burglar and learn secrets to protect yourself & your family now. A free report sponsored by 1800Dorrbell.com

 

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Products for the Hearing Impaired

Most of us take for granted hearing a knock at the door or the chime of a doorbell, but for the hearing impaired this is not a simple task.  Everyday events like deliveries, visitors or even famous game show personalities with large cardboard checks can be missed if the proper alert system is not installed.  At 1800Doorbell.com we have a many options available to help the hearing impaired feel safe and comfortable while home alone.

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The WC180 by Security2020 is a wireless door chime with a flashing strobe light.  The built in strobe light is ideal for the hearing impaired or for any noisy environments. The plugin receiver is loud and plays three distinct notes. Coupled with the bright flashing strobe, the door chime is ideal for the hearing impaired or in a noisy environment.

 

 

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The DC-1000 by Dakota Alerts is another nice option.  A selector switch on the side of the door chime can be set to “flash,” “chime,” or “flash and chime.”  This makes the door chime a great product for use in residential applications for the hard of hearing or in noisy, commercial environments.

 

 

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The LH19200 by GE is a portable wireless door chime with flashing strobe.  If you have a  large house or are known to be out and about around the property is a perfect match.  The unit comes with a handy lanyard, allowing you to easily hang it on a door knob or wear it around your neck. The unit is flat so you can lay it on a table or desktop. The 19200 Door Chime ships with a wireless button and additional buttons are available at an additional cost.

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First Impressions

Old School Door Bell

Whenever I visit the Subway for lunch someone behind the counter always shouts “welcome to Subway” in response to the sound of the door alert as I enter the front door. It is an easy way for them to make me feel welcome and let me know they are going to be attentive to my needs. In contrast, I have often walked into a small store and wondered if anyone was even there to help me at all.

The first impression is a vital part of a successful business. From the moment they walk in the door a customer is taking in the entire look and feel of the operation. Potential customers are subtly making assumptions about your company’s level of customer service, quality of product and the overall buying experience.

Below I have assembled some practical ways you can create a friendly, professional greeting system to implement in your store:

The Door Chime: In the old days shops would put a bell on the door that would ring when someone entered or left. To many the sound of a bell is still a subliminal memory that commerce is about to happen. It also is a great way to alert you to a customer when you are in the back room.

The Greeting: Even if you are with another customer it is always a great practice to excuse yourself and greet the customer. Let them know you can be with them shortly or ask them if you can direct them to a particular item. Try not to pounce on the customer, let them get in the door and acclimated to the environment.

The Presentation: Avoid doing things or looking ways that would give a negative impression. Never look bored! If you are in a conversation with a coworker, pause and acknowledge the customer, you never want them to feel ignored. Try not to look so busy you do not have time for the customer. All of us have been waiting for service when a person behind the counter has their head down engrossed in a project, eye contact at least lets the customer know you are trying to get to them.

The Smile: It sounds simple, but remember the customer is there to get their needs met, a smile says “I am free to take care of you” and” I am glad to be of service”.

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A Long Range Doorbell for Warehouse and Office Parks

 

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Unless you work in a large warehouse or office building, the need for a quality doorbell for the back and front doors may not be a big deal to you.  As a small business owner, I cannot tell you how many times we’ve waited for UPS, Fedex, and the Postal Service for packages to get delivered of pick up.  A true stress for many employees is worrying about hearing when that delivery truck is out back.

With this in mind it has always struck me as odd that builders rarely every put wired doorbells in their facility when building out a commercial space.  I assume there may be situations when tenants may not need a doorbell but more often than not, they will surely want to know when someone comes to the front or back of their facility.   It’s one of those situations when it’s better to have one installed than not.  If one is not installed and you want one, running the bell wire and installing the wired doorbell isn’t as feasible as you may think.

Here comes the wireless doorbell.  As we have discussed in some previous topics, wireless chime products solve a huge problem for tenants.  In a matter of seconds they can install and have a fully functional wireless chime system in their warehouse.  Until recently, however, there have been some major limitations to this.  Specifically, wireless doorbells did not have the range, or power, needed for commercial applications.  The products used in commercial applications, such as rebar, concrete, steel, etc., will have a negative impact on the wireless range of a product.  The rule of thumb we tell customers is that for every wall in a commercial application the wireless signal has to penetrate, the signal will degrade by 30% each time it passes through the wall.

A standard 150 ft. wireless chime would actually have a range more like this in a facility with two walls between the front door and an office:

150 ft. x .70= 105 ft. range after penetrating the first wall.  If there is a second wall, the take the 105 ft. and degrade that signal by 30%.  105 ft. x .70= 73 ft.

A wireless system with a range of 73 ft. may work fine in most residential environments but we find it simply isn’t enough in a commercial applications.  Compare that range with a wireless door chime like the LH-2500 which has a range of up to 2,500 ft.

2,500 ft. x .70=1,750 next take another 30% off that number and you get a wireless chime with a range of 1,225 ft. which is typically more than enough for warehouses.

The LH-2500 is a long range wireless doorbell system with a range of up to 2,500 feet.  The system is expandable, meaning you can add more receivers and more push buttons, extending the listening area and doors covered.  Another great feature about the LH-2500 is that it’s compatible with a wide range of products such as a PIR sensor, a push button, outdoor PIR sensors you can use to monitor the driveway, and much more.

For more information on this product and other long range chime system, please visit our store by clicking the link: http://www.1800doorbell.com/wireless-long-range-chimes.htm

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Wired Doorbell Problems at Warehouse or Workshop

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strobe light doorbell for workshop

Almost all doorbells on the market today are geared towards residential homes and houses. Although virtually all doorbells can be installed at a warehouse or other commercial locations, there are a few problems inherent in using common doorbells at an office or commercial place.

The first and most obvious problem is wiring. In many commercial applications, the tenant is not allowed, nor wants to, run the wiring necessary for a warehouse doorbell system.  The basic components are the doorbell, bell wire, a transformer, and a push button.  If you are wiring a doorbell for an office space you would want to hide the wiring inside or walls.  Especially if you have a space where customers may come into the facility.   Assuming you get that taken care of, what about running the wire outside?  If the building’s outer core is made from cinder block, then getting the “bell wire” installed from the inside of the building to the outdoors where the actual push button would be located becomes more of a challenge. You don’t own the building and therefore don’t have the rights to drills holes to the outside.  Even if your landlord allows this, how do you do it?  In most situations, you would hire an electrician or a handyman to do this for you.

This is a reason that many choose a wireless doorbell system for the office, warehouse, or other location. The wireless doorbells allows you to have a chime system up and running in seconds without having to run wiring or hire a contractor.   Although there are several positives of using wireless systems, interference from common commercial building materials could interfere with the wireless signal.  You have to ensure you are choosing the right one, one with enough power to get through the environmental factors at play.  Please call or email us at 800-366-7235 and we would be happy to help you make that decision.

The most notable problem with “traditional” wired doorbells is they simply aren’t loud enough for warehouses or other workplace environments that tend to be loud or noisy.  Virtually every wired doorbell available in the market today us a plunger to strike a metal plate inside the doorbell case.  This plunger creates a simple two or one tone sound….the typical “Ding Dong” sound normally associated with doorbells.  This is simply not loud enough for people to hear in workshop or warehouse.  So what to do?

We typically recommend a long range wireless doorbell system for our customers at 1800doorbell.  The reason for this is due to the ability to expand a wireless doorbell system.  With most of these systems you can add more receivers to hear the chime sound wherever you need to hear it.   For example, you may have a auto-body shop that gets real noisy in the back.  When the receptionist takes off for lunch, workers in the back could miss Fedex or UPS drops.  You could plug a receiver into the wall (or use a battery powered product) near the front office as well as a  near where the body shop workers are so they can better hear the doorbell ring too.

We also carry a variety of wireless doorbell products that offer a visual indicator when the push button is pressed.  In most cases this is a bright flashing strobe light that blinks in conjunction with the doorbell sound.  The DC-1000, perhaps our best selling model, allows you turn the strobe on and off, as well as sound.  This makes the product perfect for situations where you may not want the strobe light  and want to hear a gentle chime sound.

In addition, some products like the LH-2500 features a live 12v output on the back of the receiver so you can connect accessories like a strobe light, external speaker, or even a loud siren.   In a loud environments, some customers will wire a bright strobe light off the back of the receiver to give employees a visual indicator when someone is at the door.

For more information about doorbells for commercial applications, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 800-366-7235 or email us at info@1800doorbell and we would be more than happy to assist you. I would also invite you to visit our doorbell store by clicking this link to www.1800doorbell.com.

 

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