The fascination with doorbells that surged in the late 1920’s continued until the late 1960’s when it gradually started to fade away. The 60’s was the psychedelic era and there were more important inventions to look forward to. But in the last decade or so, we have witnessed resurgence in the doorbell craze. Doorbells are selling like hot cakes on auction websites like eBay. Some people attribute this recent infatuation to the arrival of wireless doorbells, which brings us to the subject of modern day doorbells. Modern day doorbells are a combination of next generation technology and innovative designing. Today, you do not select a doorbell solely on the basis of the number of tunes that it plays. There is a lot more to it.
What is the size of your home?
While ordinary doorbells are adequate for most small homes, a larger multi-floor home might require a specialized model with proper volume and lingering resonance. Multi floor home doorbells are fast becoming the de rigueur.
What are your requirements?
Are you looking to install a wired doorbell or a wireless one? Wired doorbells (the old warhorse) is the more stable version of the two, while wireless ones symbolize portability and next generation technology. They are nifty. If you already have a wired doorbell installed and would like to opt for an upgrade, then that too is possible. There are hundreds of different options in the doorbell market. Go out there and explore.
You can choose from doorbells made of wood to metal to plastic to paper and even glass. The world of doorbells is enormous and there are thousands of designs to choose from. From regular geometrical shapes to ‘real life’ inspired designs, you can easily find one that suits your preferences.
While price of a wired doorbell may range from $10 to 15, advanced high end wireless models can cost as much as $250. You can easily find a model that fits in your budget.
Add on featuresThere are special add on features that you can look for like direct recording, plug in support for Ipods, PC’s and other portable music devices, long range wireless kits, lighting controls combined with the doorbell and the number of songs that can be programmed at one time. These features are not available in regular models and command a premium.