Model #: STROBE-LIGHT
Bells, Buzzers, and Strobe Information
Buzzers are loud and effective at notifying you when an event occurs. Whether wiring them to a push-button for deliveries or connecting them to the 12V DC output on a driveway alert, these commercial-grade, loud products are great for various applications.
What’s the difference between buzzers & bells?
Doorbell buzzers, such as the DH920 by Thomas & Betts, are extremely loud buzzers, excellent for business, warehouse, or industrial applications. The buzzers featured here use a small hammer that strikes the bell to emit a loud ringing sound. We offer a four-inch bell, a 2-1/2-inch bell, and an enclosed bell. Like the buzzer selection, we also have a selection of traditional bells, aka “fire bells.” For example, these are the bells you see in commercial locations or schools to notify of an alarm. These fire alarm bells, or school bells as they are known, are very loud and effective at notifying users.
When would I use a buzzer instead of a doorbell?
Door chimes aren’t designed to be “extra” loud. Most have a volume control feature, but even at full volume, they may not be loud enough if you work in a noisy environment. Just as you may not want to hear a fire bell in your home, a pleasant 8-note Westminster chime may not be loud enough for your workshop. Buzzers and bells, on the other hand, can usually get the job done.
Most of our customers use buzzers in a commercial environment when they need something louder than your “normal” doorbell. In a warehouse or workshop, the typical “ding-dong” sound produced by a residential chime often goes unnoticed. The buzzers on our site are loud and demand attention.
What powers these buzzers and bells?
The buzzers and bells in this category require a power supply. In most cases, they take a 12V DC power supply, which may be supplied from various sources. However, a doorbell transformer is the most common. If you are unfamiliar with doorbell transformers, call us, and we will be happy to assist you. Can I install a fire bell or buzzer instead of a traditional doorbell for my shop? Yes, you can, and that’s pretty common. Because this would be a wired set-up, there are a few pieces you are going to need:
- buzzer or fire-bell
- a power supply, like a 16V doorbell transformer
- a push button
- wire, or bell wire, to connect the push button to the transformer, from the transformer to the buzzer
Many of the entrance alerts and driveway alarm products carried at 1800doorbell offer live 12V DC outputs, providing the needed power to buzzers and bells.
How do buzzers or fire alarm bells work with other products?
Many of the entrance alerts and driveway alarm products carried at 1800doorbell offer live 12V DC outputs, providing the needed power to buzzers and bells. For added sound, look at the three Fire bells we carry at 1800doorbell.com. The “FIRE BELL” is available in a 12V model and produces a loud 80-85 dB bell sound. The units are rated outdoors when installed with an approved weatherproof back box.
Need a Very Loud Siren?
If loud is what you’re after, look no further than the SS-PSIREN-W by Safeguard Supply. This is a 12V DC siren that sounds a loud 120 dB. We have a similar siren, the 12V DC Siren, but this one is special because it has a volume control knob inside the cover. This product works great in loud, noisy locations like an auto shop, large warehouse, or other areas where you may have difficulty hearing a standard chime sound from a front door wireless doorbell or an entrance alert product.
Simply connect this product to the live 12V DC output on the back of the ERA-DCRX receiver for additional sound for your door alarm kit by Safeguard Supply. This product is already bundled in the WDK-ERA kit as the WDK-PSIREN.
A Strobe Light and Loud Siren Packaged Together!
We’re happy to introduce strobe/siren combos, available in two colors, red and blue (blue shown to the right). This product features a brightly flashing strobe light and a loud 115 dB siren when triggered. When used alongside the ERA-UTDC business doorbell kit, users will benefit from a visual notification device (the strobe) and a loud siren you cannot miss.