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How do I connect my wired doorbell?

Connecting a wired doorbell is a technical job. Still, no DIYer should have a problem installing a wired doorbell. They just need the right explanation. On this page, you can read step-by-step instructions on connecting a wired doorbell.

In short

How long does it take to connect a doorbell to existing doorbell wires? 10 minutes
How long does it take to connect a doorbell to new doorbell wires? 30 minutes
Which tools do I need? Drill, wire stripper, hammer, wood drill bit, caulking gun, screwdriver, stone drill bit.
Difficulty level Medium

1. Connecting a doorbell to existing doorbell wires

Connecting a doorbell to existing doorbell wires is actually quite easy. The wire is already in place to connect your doorbell to. For this setup, you start with mounting the doorbell button right away.

Requirements Doorbell button, screwdriver

The steps:

  • Pick up the backplate of the doorbell.
  • Use the screws to screw the backplate to the doorjamb.
  • Pick up the doorbell button.
  • Stick the wires of the doorbell cable in the right openings on the back of the doorbell button. If there's still insulation material on the doorbell wires, remove it with wire strippers (to about 5 centimeters) before placing the wires in the doorbell button.
  • Screw the wires down tight with a screwdriver.
  • Click or screw the doorbell button onto the backplate that you've mounted on the doorjamb.
  • Check if the doorbell works by pressing the doorbell button.

2. Connecting a doorbell to new doorbell wires

In the case of connecting a doorbell to new doorbell wires, you have to follow all the steps from pulling a new doorbell cable to mounting and connecting your new doorbell.

Requirements Doorbell button, doorbell cable, wire stripper, receiver (electric or conventional receiver), transformer, electric cable.

The steps:

  • Check if you have a transformer in your house. It can often be found near the fuse box. Is it there? In that case, you don't need a new transformer. No transformer? Attach one to the wall or near the fuse box. It's important to always position the transformer near a socket. A transformer uses high voltage (230V) and converts the current to low voltage (24V) for the doorbell.
  • Drill a hole in the doorjamb if none is present yet, and feed the doorbell cable from the inside to the outside. You'll need the end of the doorbell cable outside to connect the doorbell button to later.
  • Remove about 5 centimeters of the insulation around the doorbell cable wires with a wire stripper to expose them.
  • Mount the doorbell button backplate to the doorjamb with screws.
  • Place the wires in the back of the doorbell button and screw these down tightly with a screwdriver. Click or screw the doorbell button onto the backplate that you've already mounted on the doorjamb.
  • Pull the cable all the way through to the receiver and clip it to size. Keep in mind that part of the cable will go into the receiver. Use a wire stripper to remove about 5 centimeters of insulation from this end of the cable as well in order to expose the wires.
  • Place the wires in the transformer and screw them down with a screwdriver. In order to supply the transformer with power, you have to place the electrical cable in the right openings. If there's no plug on the electrical cable yet, you have to attach one to the end of it yourself.
  • Plug it in a socket and test of the doorbell is working by pressing the doorbell button.
Mascha
Article by:
Mascha
Doorbell Expert.

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