FAQs

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 LRA-PBTX. This wireless transmitter uses a LED bulb to illuminate the center push button once the visitor pushes the button to show a successful transmission.

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.

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.

LRA-EX1000

LRA-EX1000 Long Range Doorbell Extender kit Business Grade Door Chime

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.

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.

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:


 

RC3250

RC3250 Carlon Wireless Door Chime Kit Great for Residential Use

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.

 


 

RC3510D

Carlon RC3510D Outdoor Rated Wireless Battery Operated Chime Kit

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.

 


 

RC4120

Rc4120 Long Range Wireless Carlon Door Chime

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


 

 

LRA-D1000

LRA-D1000A with White Push Button

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.

You will need to contact Thomas and Betts customer service, and their number is 1-800-346-2646

USA Customers:

Phone: 1-800-346-2646
Fax:(440) 914-8921
Address:
T&B Retail 32425 Aurora Rd. Ste: A Solon, OH 44139
Attn: Customer Service

Or you can reach them by email at techsupport@tnb.com

Canada Customers:

Phone: 1-888-777-7947
Fax: 1-888-480-8818
Address:
Carlon/TNB
700 Thomas Ave St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J2X 2M9

Here's a short video that outlines how to pair the LRA-D1000 kit (one push button and one receiver).

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.


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.

Click to read how to change your wireless chime sounds

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:

  • DH840E/SS840E
  • DH852E/DH853E
  • SS852E/SS853E
  • DH845E/SS845E
  • SS846E/SS856E

We also found that some of the Broan Product Line of WIRED doorbells are NOT compatible either.

Broan Wired Door Chimes:

  • RC305
  • RC306

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.
  • Pneumatic: 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.