Frequently Asked Questions About Wired Doorbell, Door Chimes, Entrance Alerts & Driveway Alarms
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How to Connect An External Device to the C-Form Relay on the ERA-DCRX*Please note, in most cases it is sufficient to use the 12V DC outputs to connect an external device to the system. For these instructions on this process, click here. Each ERA-DCRX receiver has 1 x C-form relay for integrating and connecting external devices. Unlike the 12V DC outputs (1 per zone) on the receiver, the C-Form relay DOES NOT supply power to the external device you are connecting to it.
Why use the C-Form relay?The C-Form relay offers advantages and flexibility the 12V DC outputs do not offer. For example, with the 12VDC output, the device you are powering has to be rated for 12V or less. In addition, the external device you are connecting has to have a max current below 400mA. This is not the case with the C-Form relay as it does not supply the power, but rather functions more like a switch. Another advantage of the relay is that it's not limited to one zone. There are dip-switches on the ERA-DCRX that allows you to associate the device on the C-Form relay with any combination of the four zones. Let's say, for example, you have to push buttons, one for zone one, and another for zone two. You might want to put a different colored strobe light on each of these zones. Red on zone one and blue on zone two. Push button A triggers the zone 1 melody and the red strobe, and push button B triggers the zone 2 melody and the blue strobe. You like the fact that the strobes provide a good visual notification, but want something really loud. Using the C-Form relay, you add a loud siren or firebell to also trigger when one (or both) of the push buttons are pressed.
How to connect an external device to the C-Form Relay?In this example, we are going to connect a 12V DC firebell to the relay and make the assumption you have a push button programmed to zone one (1) and another push button programmed to zone two (2). 1) Make sure plug-in transformer is NOT plugged in and ERA-DCRX receiver is NOT plugged in. 2) Flip dip switches 1 & 2 up, 3 &4 down. This setting associates the C-Form relay with zones 1 and 2. 3) Set duration time. This will determine how long the external device will turn on. 4) Connect black wire from firebell to the "NO" terminal screw on section labeled "relay." 5) Connect red wire from firebell to left terminal screw on plug-in transformer. 6) Use a wire to connect right terminal screw on the plugin transformer (ignore the center screw on transformer) to the "COM" terminal screw on the ERA-DCRX output section labeled relay. 7) Plug everything back in and start using!
Programming a transmitter (push button, door sensor, motion sensor, etc.) to the plug-in receiver is necessary for the two pieces to work together.
Take a moment to watch this short video that demonstrates how to program a transmitter to the receiver.
Below are brief instructions on how to connect a 12V DC device, such as a strobe light, siren, buzzer, etc. to a zone on the ERA-DCRX receiver.
1. Unplug the receiver.
2. Separate top receiver case from bottom receiver case.
3. Locate terminal block (see image below) located on the bottom of the pc board.
4. Loosen screws for the zone(s) that you are connecting a device to.
5. Wire the external 12V DC into the terminal connection blocks that
corresponds to the respective zone. For example, if a push button is
paired to zone 1, and you want a strobe to flash for zone 1, wire the
strobe into the terminal block for zone 1.
6. Observe polarity when necessary. For example, for a strobe light,
ensure you are connecting the positive wire on the strobe to the positive
terminal on the receiver.
7. Re-tighten screws on terminal block.
8. Adjust output duration as needed (see image below)
9. Snap cover back together.
10. Plug in receiver.
In the image below, there are two different 12V DC devices connected, one per zone.
Each of the four (4) zones on the ERA-DCRX receiver has a live 12V DC output.
These outputs enable you to connect an external device to the output to activate when that zone is triggered.
For example, let's say you operated a loud workshop and when loud machinery is turned on, it's hard to hear the receiver. The live 12V DC outputs provides a couple of options.
One option is using a 12V DC LED Strobe Light and connect it to the output for a zone. When a visitor arrives and presses the compatible push button, the ERA-UTX, not only does the paired receiver(s) play the chosen chime sound, the bright strobe light will provide a good visual indicator.
Safeguard Supply provides packaged kits that come with a strobe light (4 colors to choose from) along with "bellwire" (a bundle of 18AWG wire), as well as the push button and receiver in the WDK-ERA-STROBE.
Another option would be to connect a loud 105 dB rated siren to the 12V DC output. When a visitor arrives, the chime plays, and the siren plays a very loud sound to alert you that a visitor has arrived.
Like the WDK-ERA-KIT, Safeguard Supply also has the WDK-ERA-KIT with options like a FIREBELL, SIREN, and Chrome Enclosed Buzzer to choose from.
Each zone has its own 12 V DC output. That means you can mix and match 12V accessories, like a different strobe color for each zone, to help you better determine which push button or magnetic entrance alert was triggered.
The only real limitation with the ERA series of products are the number of zones. As mentioned in a previous FAQ article, you can pair as many transmitters to a specific zone as you want.
There's not a limit to the number of receivers you can have in your system. Whether you have 1, 2, or 4 different transmitters, you can have as many receivers as you want and can spread them throughout your warehouse, store or office space.
This type of configuration allows you to distribute the sound throughout your facility. You may, for example, play a receiver in the warehouse and turn the volume up to its maximum setting. However, because you might keep your door shut in your office, you may want to put your own ERA-DCRX receiver in the office and turn the volume down--or even mute it.
The ERA-DCRX is a four (4) zone receiver meaning each zone will play a distinct sound. You can program / pair as many transmitters (such as a push button) to a zone as you want, but all the transmitters in that zone will play the melody selected for that zone.
For example, zone 1 may be set to play the "ding-dong" sound. When any transmitter paired to the zone is triggered, the receiver will play the "ding-dong" sound. In this example, I have a push button on the front door paired to zone 1.
For zone 2, I want to program a push button for the back door. When programming, I set that zone to play the Westminster Chime. When that push button is triggered, the receiver will play the Westminster Chime.
This enables you to distinguish a visitor at the front door versus the back door.
- 16V 10VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with all wires less than 50’
- 16V 15VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with any wire longer than 50’ or two 2-note Chimes with all wires less than 50’
- 16V 30VA (watt) One 2-note Chime with all wires longer than 50' / two 2-note chimes with any wire longer than 50’ / Three 2-note chimes / One 8-note chime
Wired Door Chime Troubleshooting Guide
- Check to make sure that the circuit is complete to the chime and that there is power from the breaker.
- Make sure the light on the button or buttons is/are lit.
- Make sure there is at least 18 gauge wire being used everywhere (from the buttons to the chime and from the transformer to the chime. The wiring can be larger than 18 gauge, but not smaller.
- Make sure that the transformer is 16volt. All Teiber (Craftmader) chimes must be 16 volts.
- Make sure that the correct wattage is used for the particular chime that is used. Transformers come in 3 different wattage. (see above).
- Phone: 800-366-7010
How to Program a LRA Transmitter (sensor) to a Receiver
- The LRA-DCRX, LRA-DCRXA, and LRA-VPRX each have four zones.
- Each of these zones can only have one (1) transmitter at at time stored in that zone's memory.
- It does not matter what Zone you program or pair your transmitter(s) to..they are all the same. The purpose of the zones is to allow you to assign a distinct melody to each zone so that you may determine what sensor triggered the receiver.
- When trying to pair a transmitter, such as the LRA-DSTX, LRA-DCTX, & the LRA-PBTX, if there is already a transmitter paired to a zone, then you must delete that memory for the zone in order to program the new transmitter to the zone.
- Even though you may not have intentionally paired a transmitter to a zone, if you are having trouble programming, it's good practice to delete the zone and start over. For more information on deleting a zone from memory, click here.
- The instructions below illustrated how to pair a push button (LRA-PBTX) to a receiver (LRA-DCRXA). The process for pairing other receivers is similar. For information on pairing the LRA plug in strobe receiver, the LRA-DCRXS, please click here.
- Once you are in programming mode (step 3 below), the unit will automatically exit programming mode after 10 seconds.
- Ensure the receiver has fresh batteries or you are using a plug-in wall transformer to power the unit.
- Open the cover of the receiver
- Press & hold the "Zone selector button" for approximately three (3) seconds until the strobe light flashes, and zone "ID" one (1) starts to blink. Then, stop pressing the Zone selector button.
- IMPORTANT: If you want to program or pair a transmitter to Zone ID 1, move to the next step. If you already have a transmitter / sensor programmed to Zone ID 1 and want to pair an additional sensor/ transmitter, push the Zone selector button to scroll to the zone ID you would like to program. Once the Zone ID you want to program the sensor to is blinking, move to the next step.
- Press the "Melody selector" button to scroll through the melodies available on this receiver. When you hear the melody you would like to program to that zone, stop pressing the Melody selector button.
- Press the button on the push button transmitter
- If you have additional transmitter / receivers to program, go back to step 4. Otherwise, go to the next step.
- Now your transmitter(s) are programmed to the receiver. To exit programming mode, press the Zone selector button to scroll through the Zones. Once you pass Zone ID 4, the unit will automatically exit programming mode.
Watch the video below for a programming demonstration:
How to Delete a Transmitter / Sensor from a LRA Receiver Zone
Once a transmitter / sensor is programmed to a zone on a LRA series receiver, a new transmitter / sensor cannot be added to that zone until the memory of that zone is deleted.
For example, if you have previously programmed a LRA-PBTX push button to Zone 1 on your receiver and after a few years of use you want to replace the push button. Prior to programming your new push button to the receiver, you must delete the old transmitter that is locked into Zone 1 memory.
The instructions below illustrate how to delete the zone memory from the LRA-DCRX and LRA-DCRXA memroy. The process for the LRA-VPRX is slightly different, but the basic concept is the same. To delete memory from the LRA-DCRXS Plug-in Strobe Receiver, click here.
- Make sure you are deleting the right zone. If the transmitter/sensor is programmed to zone I, for example, the Roman Numeral for zone I will flash when triggered.
- Enter programming mode my holding down the zone selector
button for approximately three (3) seconds. The strobe will flash and the icon for Zone I should start flashing.
- Once the strobe flashing and you are in programming mode, stop pressing the zone selector button.
- If you would like to delete the memory in zone one, skip to the next step. If you want to delete the memory from another zone, press the zone selector button to scroll to the zone you wish to delete.
- Once you are at the right zone, hold down the zone selector button AND the melody button (at the same time) for approximately five (5) seconds. You will hear a short tone sound. This zone has been deleted.
- Next, press the program button to skip through the other zones.
- Once you pass zone IV , the zone lights will stop flashing, signaling it is out of pairing/programming mode.
Up to 4 transmitters can be paired with a single receiver. However, since there are only 3 different chime tunes on the receiver, it is suggested to pair up to 3 transmitters by selecting different melodies for each transmitter.
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We would happy to assist you if you are not getting any satisfaction by contacting the product manufacturer, but we do recommend you start by calling them about any technical support or warranty related issue. If you have purchased the product directly from us withing the past 30-days and want to return the product, please contact us at 1800doorbell.com.
Thomas & Betts: Carlon, Dimango, and Lamson & Sessions Products
- Ph0ne: 800-346-2646
- Thomas & Betts Retail Division Contact Us Page
- Phone: 800-366-71010
- Phone: 800-486-4892
- Craftmade Chimes Contact Us Email Page
- Phone: 605-356-3662
- Dakota Alerts Contact Us Page
- Phone: 605-356-2772
- Milton Products Contact Us Page
Alarm Lock Systems
- Alarm Lock Contact Us Page
Bellman & Symfon
Clarity Hearing Alert Products
- Clarity Products Alerts Contact Us Page
Comfort Audio Products
- Comfort Audio Contact Page
Cross Point Industries
- Cross Point Contact Page
Heath-Zenith Chimes and Lighting
- Heath-Zenith Customer Service Portal
Honeywell Doorbells & Chimes
- Honeywell Customer Support Page
- Safeguard Supply Website
The LRA-DR1000 is a long range wireless driveway monitoring kit that consists of two pieces, the LRA-DSTX (sensor/transmitter) and the LRA-DCRX (receiver).
The transmitter has a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that will detect a combination of motion and heat and when triggered, will send a wireless signal up to 1,000 ft. to the receiver.
For programming, we have a video that walks you through pairing the driveway alarm transmitter to the receiver.
You can also watch the video here:
The LRA-C1000 is a long range entry alert product designed for businesses, shops, warehouses, and larger homes.
The kit has two components, a transmitter/sensor (LRA-DCTX) and a receiver (LRA-PBTX). When the sensor is triggered, it transmits a radio signal up to 1,000 ft. to the LRA-PBTX receiver.
PLEASE NOTE: whenever a manufacturer provides you with a range, in this case, 1,000 ft., it is derived by an algorithm. Sometimes you get a little more range, but in most cases you get less range because of interference from environmental factors.
What this means to you is that if you need exactly 1,000 ft., or very close to it, you might have to look at another product like the LH-2500 (entry alert kit with a range of 2,500 ft.) There is also a range extender that works with our long range doorbell/alert products, the LRA-RPX.
This product, the LRA-C1000 has an additional challenge in that it is mounted on the door and the door frame. In commercial environments that usually means a metal door and or a metal door frame. This will cut down on the projected range of this product.
If you know you have the product programmed correctly, but it isn't working, try moving the receiver closer to the transmitter. If it starts working, it is a range issue. If it is a range issue, there are three things we can do:
- Try placing double-sided tape, a cardboard shim, or something that will provide some separation between the transmitter and the metal or concrete on the door frame.
- Get the LRA-RPX to extend the range up to an additional 1,000 ft.
- Upgrade to the LH-2500 long range doorbell entry alert kit.
If you are having problems programming the LRA-C1000, watch this quick video.
How To Properly Program the LRA-C1000 Entry Kit
Typically there are two reasons why the sound may not be coming out of your LRA-DCRX long range receiver.
First, check the selector switch on the side of the unit. There are three modes you can set the receiver to a) strobe only, b) sound only, and c) strobe and sound. Often times when there's no sound it is because the selector switch is on sound only.
Second, check the volume control selector. Open the front cover of the receiver and locate the volume adjustment dial. Use a small screwdriver to adjust the sound level.
Take a look at this illustration to get an idea of where the selector switch is located.
Each zone on a LRA receiver can only accommodate 1 transmitter. Often times, programming problems can be corrected by first deleting the memory from a zone on the receiver.
- Open the cover of the receiver
- Hold down the "zone selector" button (the left button) for approximately 3 seconds until zone 1 starts to flash. Stop pressing the button. If you are deleting memory from zone 1, move to step 3.
- Push the left button again to scroll to the zone where you want to delete memory. The zone number will flash.
- Simultaneously, hold down the zone selector button (on the left) and the melody button (on the right) for approximately 3-5 seconds until you hear a short tone sound. The short tone sound means the memory has been deleted in that zone.
Here's a short video that outlines how to pair the LRA-D1000 kit (one push button and one receiver).
In most cases, if your LRA-DR1000 is not working correctly, it is because of one of three issues:
1) Photo sensor dip switch is set to night time mode only
2) Sensor/transmitter not paired with receiver correctly
3) Weak or dead batteries in sensor/transmitter
1) Photo Sensor Inside Driveway Sensor (outdoor unit) May Be Set to Nighttime Only Mode:
The LRA-DSTX transmitter/sensor has two operating modes, all-day mode and nighttime only mode. Often times, if the transmitter doesn't seem to be working, it is because the dip switch is set to nighttime mode only.
To check this setting, please take the top cover off the sensor/transmitter an orientate it like the picture to the right.
Once you have the sensor oriented just like the photo, located the photocell dip switch which will be located directly under the "test" button.
For all-day operation, please ensure the switch is pushed all the way down. If you want nighttime only operation, make sure the switch is in the up position.
2) Transmitter is not Paired Correctly with the Receiver:
Watch this short video on Youtube we put together to help with programming the transmitter/sensor with the receiver
a) Push the program button on the receiver until you hear a short tone sound
b) Once you enter program mode, Zone 1 on the receiver will flash. If you want to pair your transmitter to Zone 1, move to step d). If you want to pair to a different zone, go to the next step.
c) Pushing the program button will move to the next zone. For example, when you enter program mode the receiver is in Zone 1. If you want to pair your receiver to Zone 2, pushing the program button again will move it to Zone 2.
d) Once you are in the Zone you want to program, push the melody selector button until you are the sounds you want the receiver to play when the transmitter/sensor is triggered.
e) Push the "test" button on the sensor (see picture above). You will hear two (2) short ton sounds, letting you know the sensor/transmitter is paired with the receiver.
f) If you want to program another transmitter/sensor to the receiver, go back to step c) above. If you are done programming, press the program button to scroll through all the zones. After you scroll past Zone 4, you are done.
2) Make Sure You Have Fresh Batteries:
Make sure you are using new, Alkaline batteries in both the transmitter and receiver.
Take a look at these troubleshooting tips to see if you get your system back up and running. If you can't, do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to help.
After changing the batteries in the transmitter, try to unplug the receiver, count to 5, and plug it back in. This allows the transmitter (sensor) and receiver to sync back.
We hate to ask you to do this, but double-check the batteries. I am surprised to learn how often batteries go bad just sitting around the house.
Check the user manual to make sure you have installed the right type of batteries. Most of the driveway alarm sensor use standard Alkaline batteries.
Make sure the battery contacts inside the transmitter are secure, not corroded or broken.
I know this sounds like common sense, but I make this mistake all the time. Double check and make sure you inserted the batteries in the right direction..ie., + to + and - to -.
This depends on the type of sensor the driveway alarm uses. There are four basic types of driveway alarm sensors:
- Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR):
These are the most common type. Passive infrared sensors are triggered when a combination of heat and movement are detected in the monitored zone. This means a car, truck, person, or any animal will trigger the sensor IF it passes through the monitored zone.
- Magnetometer Bases Sensor:
These sensors are designed to pick up automobiles only and they work when heavy metallic objects are detected in the monitored zone. The sensor typically has a probe that is buried just under the driveway or parallel to the driveway. When a car or truck drives through the zone, the probe detects the change in the magnetic field and triggers.
Do you remember the old gas stations that had a rubber hose stretched across the entrance? It would ring a bell as the car rolled over the hose.
This type of sensor is called a pneumatic sensor. When a heavy cars rolls over the hose, the change in air pressure inside the hose triggers the sensor.
- Break Beam Sensor:
These sensors work in a pair and when someone, or something passes between the pair of sensor, they detect that the beam between them was broken and are thus, triggered.
A) If you have a wired doorbell system, the Extend-A-Chime is just what you need. It is available as a kit, the LRA-EX1000.
The kit works like this: a small, battery powered transmitter is wired into your existing wired door chime. When a visitor presses the wired push button on your door, you doorbell rings as usual...in addition to that, the small transmitter generates a signal and trigger the receiver that comes in the kit to play a chime sound.
The Extend-A-Chime will allow you to easily increase the range of your current doorbell or door chime system so you will be able to hear it when you are out on your back deck.
If you have a wireless doorbell system, you will need to purchase a compatible receiver for your system. Manufacturer's vary on how you determine compatibility. If it is a brand we sell, give us a call and we would be happy to help.
It's much easier to use a wired doorbell push button with a wireless receiver using the LRA-EX1000 Extend a Chime.
However, with a little ingenuity, we can add a wireless push button to your current wired chime. To do this, we are going to use the ERA-UTDCR Long Range Wireless Door Chime Kit by Safeguard Supply.
The wireless push button we will use is the ERA-UTX. When triggered, this push button will cause the ERA-DCRX wireless receiver to chime. On the back of the ERA-DCRX is a c-form relay. We will use the section labeled "Relay"
Assuming you want to put this wireless push button on the front door, open the cover of your wired doorbell and remove the wire for the "front" door.
Thomas and Betts, with the Carlon brand, markets their wireless doorbells and door chimes through a variety of retail, both in stores and online.
These Carlon door chimes may be sold under different brands and this chart attempts to show compatibility between the Style Select or SS brand and the Carlon equivalent. If you have a Style Select door chime, doorbell, push button, or entrance alert you purchased at a large box store, consult the chart below to see how you can purchase a replace or add-on that is equivalent to the SS product.
The table below shows the SS Style Select door chime and doorbell products and their compatible Carlon add-on and replacement products
|SS "Style Select" Product Number||Equivalent Carlon Product Number||Product Description|
|SS1615L||DH1615L||SS GLD RIM W/ANT IRON BTN SS1615L|
|SS1612L||DH1612L||SS SLV RIM W/WHT IRON BTN SS1612L|
|SS922||DH920||Chrome enclosed buzzer|
|SS910||DH910||SS 8-16-24 10-20VA TRANSFRM SS910|
|SS965||BELLWIRE||18AWG BELL WIRE|
|SS315||DH315||SS BRN W/MED OAK PRINT FIN SS315|
|SS600||DH600||SS DRBELL W/WOOD CV & LINES SS600|
|SS300||DH300||SS WHT W/RND CORNER FRAME SS300|
|SS506||DH690||SS WOOD CVR W/VER LINES-MED SS506|
|SS1637L||DH1637L||SS LGHT BRSS W/ORB FIN SS1637L|
|SS1652L||DH1652L||SS BRASS LGHT-RUST FINISH SS1652L|
|SS1633L||DH1633L||SS LGHT BRSS W/NICKLE STP SS1633L|
|SS1653L||DH1653L||SS BRSS LGHT-BRUSH NICKEL SS1653L|
|SS1630L||DH1630L||SS LGHT BRSS W/BRSS STEP SS1630L|
|SS1670L||PB1670L||SS LT SLD BRSS PINEAPPLE SS1670L|
|SS1667BL||DH1667BL||LT SLD BRS W/BORDER ORB SS1667BL|
|SS1691L||DH1691L||LT SLD BRAS W/SEASONAL AB SS1691L|
|SS1667NL||DH1667NL||LT SLD BRS W/BORDER NKL SS1667NL|
|SS1667L||DH1667L||LT SLD BRS W/ROPE BORDER SS1667L|
|SS1673L||LT SLD BRAS W/PNAPPLE NKL SS1673L|
|SS1663L||LT SLD BRASS W/ LONG DECO SS1663L|
|SS3605||HS3605||UT MOTION ALRT W/LGHT CNTRL & SND|
|SS3510||RC3510||SS WTHRPROOF BATT DR CHIME SS3510|
|SS3250||RC3250||DLX PLUG-IN DOOR CHIME SS3250|
|SS3301||RC3301||SS WHT DOOR CHIME BUTTON SS3301|
|SS3760||RC3760||SS PLG-IN ENTER ALRT CHIME SS3760|
|SS3256||RC3256||UT WRLS PLUG-IN CHIME W/NIGHTLGHT|
|SS3520||RC3520||STEP-UP BATTERY DR CHIME SS3520|
|SS3190||RC3190||SS BATTERY DOOR CHIME SS3190|
|SS852E||DH853E||SS CHORUS 29 TUNE MUSICAL SS852E|
|SS4120||RC4120||300' WRLS CHIME W/LED LIGHT SS412|
|SS3030||RC3030||SS PLUG-IN EXTEND A CHIME SS3030|
|SS3530||RC3530||WHITE MOLDING WRLS CHIME SS3530|
|SS4610||RC4610||WIRELESS MOTION CHIME SS4610|
|SS3733||RC3733||ADD ON BASIC PLG IN REC SS3733|
|SS4130||RC4130||SS WRLS BRASS DOOR BELL BUTTON|
|SS4133||RC4133||SS WIRELESS BUTTON - SATIN NICKEL|
|SS3636||RC3636||WOOD MOLDING WRLS CHIME SS3636|
|SS3306||RC3306F||SS DECOR BAT CHIME OAK/BRS SS3306|
|SS4300||RC4300||CD DECO BAT CHIME WH/BRASS SS4300|
|SS4320||HS4320D||MOTION ALERT CHIME SS4320|
|SS2260||RC2260||UT WRLS WTHRPROOF ENTRNCE ALRT|
|SS3452||RC3450 X 2||UT WRLS ENTRANCE ALRT SENSORS 2PK|
|SS4305||HS4317D||UT DOOR/WINDOW ENTRY ALERT with Keypad|
|SS994||DH994||DOOR ENTRY MECH CHIME SS994|
|SS130||DH130||WHITE MOLDING CHIME SS130|
|SS600||DH636||WOOD MOLDING CHIME SS636|
|SK250||CK250||SS CONTRACTOR DBLL KIT-LGHT SK250|
|SK221||SS CONTRACTOR DBLL KIT-UNLT SK221|
|SS690||MISSION STYLE CHIME SS690|
|SS840E||DH840E||SS WIRED CD QUALITY CHIME SS840E|
|SS905||DH905||SS 16V, 10VA TRANSFORMER SS905|
A) A wireless button can not make a "wired" chime ring, however, you could purchase a wireless button and receiver for side door and an Extend-A-Chime transmitter for the wired chime.
When someone pushes the front door button, the wired chime AND the wireless receiver will ring, but only the wireless receiver will ring when the side door button is pushed.
The Extend-A-Chime can be found here: https://www.1800doorbell.com/LRA-DOORCHIME-EXTENDER
Do you have trouble hearing your current doorbell throughout your home? The Extend-A-Chime is a terrific product and in a nutshell, it will extend the listening range or your current wired doorbell by allowing you to add wireless battery operated or plug-in door chime receivers in other areas of your home.
It works by wiring in a small wireless transmitter into your current wired doorbell transformer and then plugging in your new add-on Carlon brand wireless door chime receivers. Although the product is compatible with a wide range of wired door chime models, there are some we have found not to be compatible.
1800doorbell has verified that the following WIRED doorbell models are NOT compatible with our Carlon Brand Door Bells. These units are the "Musical Record-A-Tune" which requires a micro processor within the circuit board which makes the "Extend-A-Units" continuously ring. Therefore, they are not compatible with RC3200 and the RC3500 Extend-A-Chime products.
Carlon Wired Door Chimes:
We also found that some of the Broan Product Line of WIRED doorbells are NOT compatible either.
Broan Wired Door Chimes:
The differences between surface, flush, and recessed mount will alter the way the push button is mounted. Most wireless push buttons are surface mounted which means they mount directly on the surface, usually an exterior wall next to the front door.
- Surface mount - this means the item will sit directly on top of the surface you are mounting it to. For our purposes here we mean it will sit directly on top of the wall you are installing the wired button on. Typically this is the easiest mounting option.
- Flush mount - the plate of the wired button sits or rests on the surface of the wall but the guts of the button will sit inside the wall. With these types of buttons the electrical components of the button will stick into the wall itself. Although not overly complicated to install, it it a little more involved that a surface mount.
- Recessed - this is where the entire doorbell push button mechanism in set inside the wall or mounting surface.
To view our wide selection of push buttons visit the link below.
Yes, we have many wireless doorbell and wireless notification systems that work well for the hard of hearing. These products will also work well for loud environments, such as workshops, where it may be hard to hear a normal door chime.
In most cases these products will feature an alternative way to notify the user, such as a visual notification. For example, the WC180 is a flashing door chime for the hard of hearing. It's a wireless chime with a strobe light that features a flashing strobe light that is bright and easy to see.
On the back of the Carlon/Dimango product you should see a small white sticker. On this sticker you will see QC with a four digit code right under it. The last two digits of this code show the year the product was manufactured. If the number is "00" or higher, then your product will be compatible.
You will need to contact Thomas and Betts customer service, and their number is 1-800-346-2646
T&B Retail 32425 Aurora Rd. Ste: A Solon, OH 44139
Attn: Customer Service
Or you can reach them by email at [email protected]
700 Thomas Ave St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J2X 2M9
There is a product that we carry that would be the perfect solution to your problem and that is the LRA-EX1000 Doorbell Extender by Safeguard Supply. To see this product, view that answer to the question below.
Most wired doorbells DO NOT have volume control. What you hear is what you get on my wired chimes. There are a couple of models that play electronic melodies and they have some volume control, but we do not feel like these products are the solution for the problem "I cannot hear my doorbell."
A wireless doorbell system is the best solution when you cannot hear your current doorbell. With that, there are a couple of options:
- Use a doorbell extender to convert your existing wired doorbell to a wireless door chime system and then use wireless receivers throughout your home. Most wireless doorbells do have volume control.
- Add a wireless door chime to your home. Bypass the existing wired doorbell and simply install and use a wireless one. Most wireless products have volume control, and you can also add as many receivers as you want, meaning you can add one in the kitchen, one on the patio, one in the bedroom, etc.
- A very popular series of products we have are the flashing doorbells for the hard of hearing. The products have a visual indicator that alerts you to a visitor at your door. The WC180 Flashing Doorbell is our most popular product because it is very bright, loud, and cost effective.
Doorbell Extender Information:
The way to get this type of functionality is to use what is called a doorbell extender or the Extend-A-Chime by Safeguard Supply. These products work by using a transmitter that wires into your existing doorbell transmitter or a transmitter that "listens" for your current doorbell. When the transmitter is triggered, it sends a wireless signal to a compatible wireless receiver. With almost all brands of wireless door chimes you have the ability to add more receivers, whether plug-in, battery power, or both, to increase the listening range of your existing wired doorbell.
The Extend-A-Chime is just what you need. This device is available in either a battery powered or plug in receiver.
The LRA-EX100 is an Extend-A-Chime. The system ships with 1 x LRA-EXTX transmitter and 1 x LRA-DCRX wireless receiver/speaker. To use the Extend-A-Chime you simply need to wire the LRA-EXTX transmitter into your current doorbell push button wiring. You then place the receiver into the area of your house where you cannot hear your doorbell at. You then plug in the receiver and you are all set up!
Among being the perfect product to extend your door chime into an area of the house where you are unable to hear it, this device is also a life saver for anyone whose current chime is currently not working. As long as your current doorbell push button is working you will be able to salvage your current door bell system with out buying a brand new system.
Most Wireless buttons are NOT available lighted as the they would require power 24/7 and drain the batteries too quickly.
The only lighted wireless buttons we are aware of is the GE 19211. This wireless transmitter uses a LED bulb to illuminate the center push button, allowing visitors to find it easily at night.
Heath-Zenith does make a few buttons that use LED lights which do not require as much power. Please note, these Heath-Zenith wireless doorbell buttons are not compatible with Carlon/Dimango receivers and at the moment are not available for purchase on the website.
To view our selection of lighted wireless push buttons click the link below
It is very easy to change the sounds of your wireless chime. It can be done in seconds with very little effort. The article below covers how to change doorbells sounds for the main products we carry.
There are ways to cover multiple entrances when using a doorbell system. Click below to read the answer to the question.
When we talk about using doorbell buttons for different doors we are typically referring to changing the tune a receiver (or multiple receivers) play when a paired button is pressed. Each manufacture has a slightly different way to change the tune the receiver will play and you need to consult the manual or the customer service department for that manufacturer and ask.
Yes, almost all wireless doorbells and door chimes allow for different sounds or melodies to play depending on the button that sends the signal. The Carlon/Dimango brand is one of the easiest to program. All of their wireless chime products will follow this same procedure.
You can program the buttons for different sounds by pressing the small "dimple" on each button and selecting the sound you want to hear for that particular button. Very easy!
For example, the RC4120 has 13 different sound options available, so if you want to cover 13 different doors you would need to purchase 13 push buttons.
Honeywell typically has a different approach. For their products, you typically change the tune on the receiver and ensure that particular tune is pair with a particular push button.
We have an extensive article on doorbell sounds and melodies. Click that link to learn more about specific sound and some of our products.
The answer to the initial question is no, you cannot use a wireless doorbell button (transmitter) with a wired doorbell system UNLESS you are using a doorbell extender type of product.
Wireless door chime systems work using radio frequency. The transmitter (push button) communicates with a receiver, usually battery powered or plugin. When a visitor pushes the doorbell button, it sends a wireless signal to the compatible receiver.
A wired doorbell is connected to a doorbell transformer and is wired to the push button. The push button does not transmit a wireless signal and will not be able to communicate with the wired doorbell.
Unfortunately you can NOT use a "wireless button" with a wired chime. You would have to get the wiring fixed if you want to use your current wired chimes OR change to a completely wireless system. For this type of repair you would need to call an electrician out to repair your wiring, since it is the wiring inside of your wall.
However, we do offer plenty wireless doorbell systems that can be set up in minutes. This route would also be significantly cheaper than calling an electrician out to your home.
At a minimum just calling an electrician out to your home will cost 100$, this does not include the work they will do once they are at your home. You can get a new Wireless Door Chime System for way less, you can even build a custom system with multiple receivers and push buttons for just under 100$. Here are some excellent Wireless Doorbell System alternatives:
The RC3250 is a fantastic Wireless Door Chime. It offers a very easy install and it is extremely simple to use.
This Wireless Door Chime has a wireless transmission range of up to 150 ft. The receiver is powered by 4 "C" alkaline, which do not come included in the package. The Push Button included in this system is the RC3301.
The best part about this system is that it is compatible with all Carlon Wireless Door Chime systems and products.
The RC3510D is a great Wireless Door Chime if you need a system that can operate outdoors. This is a perfect solution if you need a door chime in your garage, back patio, or your pool area.
The system comes equipped with one wireless receiver and one wireless push button. The receiver is powered by 4 "C" cell batteries and the push button is powered by 1 6V battery. Please note that this is the newer version and is not compatible with the older versions such as the RC3500, RC3510 or RC3513.
Keep in mind however that this system can still be expanded using additional Carlon receivers and push buttons. If you are wanting to expand but unsure of the compatibility of certain receivers and door chimes feel free to call us at 1-800-Doorbell (366-7235) and we will help you with your purchase.
The RC4120 is an wonderful Wireless Door Chime if the other Wireless Door Chimes do not have a long enough wireless range for your property. The RC4120 has a wireless range of up to 300 feet. Environmental factors such as hills, tress, and walls can impact the wireless range of this device.
This device would be perfect in a larger home or a small retail store. The door chime also features a high intensity flashing LED light
The LRA-D1000 is an excellent Wireless Door Chime if you need more than 150-300 feet in range. This device is perfect for business where there is a large warehouse in the back. The device has a bright LED flasher included. This is handy if your warehouse is very noisy and you are unable to hear the chime sound. You have the option to set the device to "flash," "chime," or "flash and chime."
The package includes one receiver and one wireless push button. The receiver is powered by 3 "C" batteries or an optional plug-in wall transformer which does not come included in the package. This door chime has 4 zones, so you will be able to expand the DC-1000 with 3 additional push buttons. The door chime has 16 different tunes, so you can set it up to know exactly which push buttons is sending the signal to your chime. Door and window contact alerts can also be purchased to use with the DC-1000 as well.
This is usually caused by your privacy code settings. This problem is easily fixed within seconds, but how you do it really depends on your specific product and who manufactured it. Click the link below to read how to avoid this interference.