by Giorgina Devereaux
Decorative doorbells are the perfect way to spruce up the exterior of your home without spending a fortune.
Nothing is more welcoming than a decorative doorbell because it adds a does of charm and quaintness to the exterior of your home.
Incorporating this type of accent gives you the opportunity to add something that reflects your personality while enhancing your entry door.
It is these types of decorative touches that go a long way in making your home unique and lovely.
Perhaps you may be thinking how a
doorbell can add appeal to the exterior of a home since it generally brings to
mind images of the old standard doorbell.
However, surprisingly enough, there are many different styles, sizes, and colors to choose from. The choices are endless. You can select from illuminated whimsical frog doorbells to contemporary styles to vintage themes, and even wireless doorbells.
If you prefer a more traditional style that is highly elegant, these are available too. The exquisite details on these doorbells offer the elegance and hand-crafted quality of a bygone era. It is a lovely way to grace your home exterior.
History of the Doorbell
To fully appreciate the doorbell, it
is nice to go back in time to understand how it evolved. The original doorbell
was a bell that was located near the main entrance of a building to announce the
arrival of a visitor. Manual door knockers were also used and created noise as
the visitor hammered the knocker.
The door knocker is still found in medieval
castles and homes and features vintage designs consisting of a part that is
attached to the door and connected to another part by a hinge.
It wasn’t until 1831 that the first
electric doorbell was invented by American scientist Joseph Henry. In the early
1900s, doorbells progressed from buzzers to musical chimes. The musical chime
doorbells made their appearance during the late 1920s and became popular during
Today, you can select from a variety of decorative doorbells to suit your
tastes. However, for mechanical purposes, there are two types of doorbells that
are available, which are wired doorbells and wireless doorbells.
On the other hand, wireless doorbells do not require wiring. The bell serves as the transmitter and is mounted at the front door while the chime is a receiver and can be placed anywhere within range. Wireless doorbells offer flexibility and ease since you don’t have to hassle with wiring.
Prior to purchasing a doorbell,
consider the areas where your doorbell may be inaudible, such as the basement,
garage, and attic. You want to make sure you purchase a doorbell that you will
be able to hear from all areas of your home.
Decorative Doorbell Designs
Decorative Doorbells are available in the following designs:
Finishes, Materials, and Additional Design Features for Decorative Doorbells
Decorative Doorbells are offered in the following finishes and materials:
Decorative Doorbells are available with stone back plates in the following stone:
Installing a Doorbell
How to Install a Wireless Doorbell
Installing a wireless doorbell is not
that difficult or time consuming. You can mount the bell at the front door
using double sided tape or you can use a screw to keep it in place. The chime
unit is placed on the inside of the house. Some chimes are independent units
that operate off batteries and require no electrical current. The only issue is
that these batteries have to be changed periodically. As an alternative, you
can plug in the chime unit to the household current, which will eliminate the
need for changing batteries.
How to Replace a Doorbell
Remove the old buzzer by unscrewing the two screws that go through the face plate. Pull the buzzer away from the door jamb and then turn it over. If the wires are attached with small screws then loosen them and remove the wires. If you notice that the wires are clipped into a slot, then simply cut them free. This can be done using wire strippers to expose a portion of the wire to install your new buzzer.
After the old buzzer has been removed, attach the wires to the new buzzer. If
the ends of the wires appear to be in good condition, then connect them to the
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