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Unread 03-31-2013, 11:00 PM   #1
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Doorbell for the deaf suggestion?

I am deaf and I would like to have a flashing light when someone uses the doorbell. It will need to be able to connect to existing doorbell as I have other people in my house who are hearing. The flashing light would be useful for when I am alone in the house and someone needs attention outside.

I've looked around via Google and saw something that connects to the existing wires by the chime. It required wiring to add in receivers, and I couldn't find wireless version for flashing light receiver. The house is rather old and made use of mostly solid wood walls rather than drywall plasters so running wires would be messy and quite unlikely to get wood walls back up intact.

My house mate is nagging me to do something because earlier he went to get newspaper and got locked out of the house. I was all myself, still sleeping, and no one else came to rescue him. he only had PJ bottom and slipper, no shirt and spent 4 hours in a 40 degree weather before I got up, put on my hearing aids, heard the door, and noticed him begging to be let in.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Your best bet is purchase a notification/alerting system. I have a notification system included a wireless doorbell and remote receiver (purchased separated). I also have optional knock alerter to work with my system. Both can alert me though a lamp on receiver or bed shaker from clock. It's called Alertmaster AM-6000 but there is new model called AL10 under Clarity name. I have my system for over six years and still work great.

Harris Communications has them. The link is Harris Communications - Products for Hearing Loss Assistive and Hearing Aids Products - Deaf, Hearing Loss, Sign Language

The direct link to alert systems: Alerting/Notification System Manufacturer Brands | Shop by Signaling System Brand Assistive and Hearing Aids Products - Deaf, Hearing Loss, Sign Language
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:40 AM   #3
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I looked over the suggested devices, it seems there are 2 basic versions. One simply "listen" for doorbell but that could cause false alarm due to noise from other sources (ie TV). The other version adds a doorbell button, and I'd prefer not to do this as it'd be confusing to a visitor with 2 different buttons.

Isn't there one that can simply tap into existing doorbell wiring?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:51 AM   #4
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Sonic Alert has an Alerting system that runs through existing wiring - I've had and used it for almost 20years in apts and homes I've lived in.

It's also easily expandable which is great.

I recommend plugging the units in through a surge protector to eliminate electrical noise causing false alerts which can happen in older homes and apts.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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I have three Simplicity doorbell/telephone signalers (model LTW) by Ultratec. It includes a small self-stick transmitter (about 2 1/4" W x 1 1/2" D x 1" H) that is wired to the doorbell chime on the wall in the hallway so no need to add, replace or wire a doorbell button at the front door. In my bedroom, both bed vibrator and strobe light are plugged in the signaler. In other rooms, a strobe light is plugged in. In each room a telephone wire is plugged in as well. So far it works great, even though they were expensive. You can buy one or two doorbell signalers only by the same company. It may be a right one for you as long as you don't want to add, replace or wire your existing doorbell button.

Sonic Alert DB100 may also be right for you. Watch the video at 14 seconds. DB100 - YouTube
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I have three Simplicity doorbell/telephone signalers (model LTW) by Ultratec. It includes a small self-stick transmitter (about 2 1/4" W x 1 1/2" D x 1" H) that is wired to the doorbell chime on the wall in the hallway so no need to add, replace or wire a doorbell button at the front door. In my bedroom, both bed vibrator and strobe light are plugged in the signaler. In other rooms, a strobe light is plugged in. In each room a telephone wire is plugged in as well. So far it works great, even though they were expensive. You can buy one or two doorbell signalers only by the same company. It may be a right one for you as long as you don't want to add, replace or wire your existing doorbell button.

Sonic Alert DB100 may also be right for you. Watch the video at 14 seconds. DB100 - YouTube
Thank you. This should be posted sticky.

Is it possible for a smartphone to be connected to the bed vibrator or strobe lights?
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