Electronic Doorbells

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Old 06-15-19, 01:44 PM
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Electronic Doorbells

I have an electronic doorbell that plays music when the doorbell button is pressed. When I hook it up and press the doorbell button, it only plays the first 2 seconds of the music (that was selected for the tone). I have since found out that to make the doorbell to play the entire tone/music, you have to have a diode attached to the doorbell. And guess what, you have to buy the diode separately from the door bell and button. I cannot find any place that sells a door bell button that contains a diode. This seems absurd to me that to make an electronic doorbell system work, you have to buy the control unit, button and diode all separately.

It seems to be a well guarded secret which diode is required for a door bell, does any one on this board know which one? I'm about ready to give up and just install an old fashion mechanical one that just does ding-dong.
 
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Old 06-15-19, 01:50 PM
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You can use any diode you can find. You may find one in an old piece of electronic equipment you can pull apart. If you want to purchase one..... get them from eBay or even amazon. 1N4001 diode.

When you install the diode..... it goes across the switch. It is polarity sensitive so if it doesn't work after connecting the wires..... just reverse them.

1N4001 at eBay
1N4001 at amazon
 
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Ignore, see next post.............................................
 
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Old 06-16-19, 05:33 AM
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The IN4001 appear to very long, can I trim the ends and have them still work?


Would an IN4005 work? A local hobby shop near me has those.
 
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Old 06-16-19, 08:37 AM
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It's the same diode...... higher voltage. From what I remember it should be the same size as a 1N4001.
 
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