When we started Spore 20 years ago, the finish of the moment (or rather the most forward looking finish) was stainless steel. The faceplates of our doorbells had beautiful machined and brushed finishes that looked (and still look) amazing at the front door of the most beautiful contemporary homes.
These days we field requests for a lot more finishes. A while back, many of you have asked for black so we brought it on. We really love the black finish on our doorbell buttons and chimes--in fact we have a black True button on our own house. It looks great with such a wide variety of hardware finishes and can relieve some of the pressure of finding a precise match. We have seen our black doorbell buttons paired with chrome, stainless, nickel, brass, bronze and oil-rubbed door hardware. We have seen them on all kinds of siding, including stucco, hardie board and concrete--they fit well with all of it.
In our view, illumination color can really determine the style that black hardware conveys. For example, blue illumination on a black True doorbell button makes it read very contemporary. Amber illumination makes the black resonate with older and traditional style homes (we love it on a few Craftsman style houses we've seen). White illumination in a black doorbell button reads as super modern and minimal, yet it also looks fantastic on traditional homes and modern farmhouses. We offer a black finish for our Delight button as well. Our non-illuminated black button is at home just about anywhere.
And what about chimes? We now carry our Ring door chime in black in both sizes (Ring and Big Ring). It looks and sounds great anywhere and is compatible with video doorbell systems as well as Spore doorbell buttons.
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We get a lot of questions about doorbell transformers! Here we will attempt to answer the most common of them.
What is a doorbell transformer?
A transformer converts line-voltage to low-voltage (16 volts). In the United States, line-voltage 120 for most household wiring (this is what is running to your lights and outlets). In Europe and other parts of the world, line-voltage is 240. Any transformer that converts line-voltage to low-voltage will work as a doorbell transformer.
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