While the wireless doorbell has a key role to play in the recent resurgence of the doorbell into a fascinating and desirable home improvement item, the wired doorbell still dominates the numbers. The wired doorbell is like the old mainstay, the old warhorse. It silently adorns millions of homes around the world. It has been a must have item in most homes since 1910. It is always considered to be the more consistent and stable version. Here is a brief glance at its features and imperfections.
- It costs lesser as compared to the wireless one and does not require batteries. (If you consider that to be an expense in the long run)
- The wired doorbell features a single direct line that runs from the button to the receiver and hence always emits a stronger and clearer sound. Since the distance of the receiver from the button depends on the length of the wire, the sound range can be quite elaborate.
- It is a one time installation that does not require further tampering or meddling with. Since it does not require batteries, a single wired doorbell installation can last as long as 10 years without you having to worry about it. I can’t figure out when I installed mine. But it’s definitely been more than a decade.
- Contrary to what most people think, wired doorbells are not limited to the ‘bzzz’ buzzer sound or the customary ‘ding dong’. It offers all the sounds, tunes and chimes as wireless models. A few recent additions to the wired doorbells allow you to record your own custom tune as well.
- If you have a basement or a back room which gets excluded from the volume range of the wired doorbell, then you can use additional amplifiers or sound extenders. In fact some wireless models can also be used to amplify the existing wired installation.
- They clearly beat wireless doorbells when it comes to designs, buttons and models. Not to forget the fact that wireless doorbells are relatively new and fast catching up. But as of now, you will definitely find much more options in wired doorbells to suit your personality and requirements.
- You might have to bear the installation costs for a wired doorbell as not everyone is comfortable with handling wires and pulling it over the entire length of the home in a precise manner. Most people prefer to let an electrician handle it.
- They are not very flexible when it comes to bell receiver locations. The area is limited by the length of the wire and the more you extend it, increases the cost of running wires through the house.
- If you are remodeling the house or adding additional rooms, then dismantling and reinstalling wired doorbells becomes a pain.
Most Popular Models
The Ichime Model ICHI800: The Ichime is a revelation and one of the most popular models of wired doorbells in the world. It is elegantly designed and is programmed for versatile performance. There are very few things that an Ichime cannot do.
- You can program it with special tunes and chimes for special occasions or just to have fun with it. How about playing your favorite horror movie theme this Halloween? Is it Jason Voorhees or Freddy Kruger? You can even make it scream.
- Your guests will be greeted by the music of the season as the Ichime lets you program just about anything that you want.
- You can play animal sounds like the mooing of a cow, or the quack of a duck. What is even better is that you can download more animal sounds of the internet and then transfer it to the Ichime. Maybe it’s the elephants of India who will roar in your home this time.
- Are you an F1 fan? Love the roar of that Engine? Program your Ichime to play the sound of your favorite Moto GP car or announce which team you are supporting this NBA season.
- Load your favorite TV theme or dialogue and play it each time someone reaches your door.
- Download everything from Abba to Elvis to Pink Floyd.
- Record anything from the sound of your baby laughing, crying, snoring or just about anything that you feel like.