Brian B. of Great Neck New York writes: "You have made my home complete." Brian didn't mention that this Coronet with three brass bells is his second ElectraChime purchase for a new home. Shot on an iPhone.
"The empire on which the sun never sets" describes certain global empires that were so extensive there was always at least one part of their territory that was in daylight. It was originally used for the Spanish Empire, mainly in the 16th and 17th centuries, and for the British Empire, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The name Empire is appropriate for a line of vintage-style door chimes since long chime doorbells were first introduced in the early 1930s which coincided with the zenith of the British Empire.
Empire Doorbell on the left welcomes visitors on the East Coast of North America while the other serves on the West Coast. The ElectraChime Metro, with horizontal lines reminiscent of the International Style of Architecture, graces a wall in Sydney, Australia.
As ElectraChime door chimes have been installed on six continents, the Sun never sets on the ElectraChime Empire.
"Here is our new ElectraChime at home in Alameda. The niche is occupied again, and it looks and sounds great! Thanks for your work, Eric."
ElectraChime Empire Tubular Doorbell with two brass bells.
The answer isn't entirely existential when it comes to doorbells. Still, there is no single answer. ElectraChimes are meant to be seen, and heard. As a rule of thumb, we recommend the top of the chime be hung just above eye level at about six and one half feet on a standard eight foot wall.
Here are two installations close to the the ceiling.
In the first example, a Coronet with a custom walnut cover and nickel-plated bells rests comfortably in a newly constructed home in Connecticut. The homeowner could have built the chime niche anywhere they wanted, yet chose a location near the ceiling.
The Texas installation at right is a Coronet with three brass bells at the former location of a more modest doorbell. This negated the need for the homeowner to move the wires and patch the wallpaper.
As a practical matter, playful children and pets are less likely to play with the tubular bells when they are mounted just out of reach.
Before and After photos courtesy of K. Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of R. Ogden
When Rusty Ogden first contacted ElectraChime with a few questions, he wasn't quite sure which ElectraChime would work best in their Texas home. Rusty wisely deferred to "The Boss" who selected a Coronet with three brass bells.
She made the right choice, don't you think?