Choosing the Right Wired Push Button or Wireless Doorbell Button​

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Wired push buttons – these typically connect to the doorbell transformer.   With battery powered wired doorbells you would connect the button directly to the chime.  Do not use lighted buttons with battery powered chimes.  For lighted buttons, use a wired transformer.

Wired Doorbell Pushbutton – Lighted Doorbell Button or Non Lighted Push Button

Wireless Push Button Compatibility

  • In general terms, most wired buttons will work in any wired doorbell system, regardless of manufacturer.
  • Most wireless buttons (transmitters) are only compatible with other products by the same manufacturers.   Even if you are using the same manufacturer, double-check compatibility.

Please browse the sections below to choose the right wired or wireless product to fit your needs.  Call or email us for assistance.


Below are two main subcategories of push buttons, wired buttons & wireless buttons.  Click the image below to go to the respective category. Need a wired doorbell for your wired push button?  Visit or wired doorbell page.

Doorbell Replacement Button

Most wired doorbell buttons have a circular center push and are usually easy to replace with a lighted doorbell center push or a non-lighted doorbell button replacement button. 1800doorbell.com carries a couple of different styles available in different finishes. There are white doorbell replacement buttons (lighted and non-lighted available) finished with a silver or brass ring around the white button.

Other models have a metallic finish in the middle button (rather than white) and feature a LED halo that surrounds the center button.


Common Doorbell Pushbutton Questions

What's the difference between wired doorbell pushbutton & wireless door chime buttons?

Wired button wires directly to the doorbell transformer using "bell wire." If you wired a doorbell using batteries vs. a transformer, it wires directly to the doorbell. When a visitor pushes the button, an electrical signal is generated and the chime sounds. Virtually all wireless buttons use a battery, inside the button, for a power supply. It sends a radio wave signal to a compatible receiver. When a visitor pushes the button, a signal is generated and then transmitted.

Can I mix & match wired doorbell buttons & wireless pushbuttons?

Not in a literal sense. Wireless buttons send a radio signal to a compatible receiver. Wired ones close an electrical loop that causes the chime to ring. The only exception to this is to use a doorbell extender. An extender kit uses a small transmitter that wires into the doorbell transformer. When a visitor pushes the button outside, a radio signal is generated from the installed transmitter, which will send a radio signal to a compatible receiver. In this setup, your existing wired system should function normally, with the added benefit of a wireless system.

The Two Classes of Doorbell Buttons We Offer:
Wireless Chime Buttons:

Wireless systems allow you to easily add both transmitters (push buttons) and receivers to expand your system or replace broken pieces. Typically, these products will be compatible with other wireless devices by the same manufacturer.

Wired Door Bell Buttons:

Whether you need to replace an existing button, or you want to expand or install a new system, a wired push button is a necessary part of a complete system. Browse our selection of over 100 wired products, and call or email with any questions.