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We have a beautiful modern house. We've done a lot to update, but the doorbell was as cheap as it came - and was cracked to boot. This minor upgrade makes such a difference to the entry of our house. I love it.
So I have a new construction home and they stuck the cheapest plastic doorbell from a big box store on it, which has already yellowed in one year. This doorbell was the best contemporary looking one that matched the rest of my homes hardware and wasn''t too modern.
The look of it is great. The button is a little hard to push, so people with weak fingers might not get it to actually ring. The real problem I had was with two factors:
1. My old junk doorbell had a small metal wire connecting the two terminals with a small resistor soldered on it. It''s purpose was to hold enough of a charge so that when the button is pressed and the circuit completes, there is power to ring the full doorbell ring (it lasts about 6 seconds). This doorbell did not have this. What does that mean? For me, it meant as soon as you released the button on the doorbell, the doorbell ring stopped. You have to press and hold the doorbell for the full 6 second ring to finish. I''m no doorbell expert, but this seems like an engineering flaw to me.
2. The screws that came with this are really pathetic. The socket is way too small unless you use a precision screw driver. I did not create any pilot holes, so that may have contributed to the problem, but I was also screwing into Hardy Plank (a cement/cellulose board mimicking wood). One of the screws bent in half, the other stripped out. I ended up using the two old screws from my junk plastic doorbell button. They don''t fully fit in the recessed holes of this button, but it''s good enough for me.
If these two factors were fixed, I''d rate this 5 starts.
One more minor gripe is the color of the LED''s that illuminate the button, though I won''t knock any stars for that. They are probably around 2,400K in color (yellow/orange). I would of preferred a more white color in the 3,500K range. Personal preference though.
There are no instructions, but you don''t need any.