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.
Here are two ElectraChime Metro doorbells. The top two photos show a Metro executed in rift cut white oak with Minwax Classic Gray Stain beneath three coats of satin urethane for a Philadelphia townhouse. The lower two photos show a Metro in natural walnut installed in a newly constructed home in Colorado Springs. The juxtaposition of the ultra modern Metro with the traditional Spanish arches and plaster is stunning, don't you think?
Jeff S. writes from Michigan:
The house was built in 1936 in Grosse Pointe, MI. I believe it originally had a buzzer that was located in the breakfast room/kitchen and was relocated during the kitchen remodel 30 years ago to a back hallway. The dogs have not caught on that the chime means someone is at the door….a lot less barking. I think the chimes add a classy sound and certainly look better than the old plastic chime box from the 80’s that was there.
This ElectraChime Coronet was ordered unfinished and painted to match the white trim of this entry in a Colorado Springs home. A wise choice against the intricate wallpaper. I like how the tubular bells shine.
ElectraChime doorbells are meant to be seen and heard. And when a new doorbell owner is happy enough to make a video, I'm thrilled. Here's a home movie from Southern California:
An Empire Seashell with three brass bells graces a niche in San Francisco's Richmond District. Meanwhile, an unfinished Coronet with two nickel-plated brass bells does sentry duty in this stunning New York City entry. The owner, a talented do-it-yourselfer, plans to finish the chime to coordinate with the existing decor. We can't wait to see his personal touch!
Thank you so much for our beautiful door chime! We absolutely love the way it looks in our living room niche (waaaaay better than how it looked when we moved in a few weeks ago, no?) and we also love the way it sounds! And thanks, too, for all the phone help you gave my husband when he called with questions. Our family couldn't be happier with our Electrachime doorbell. Thanks again,
Mandy & Aaron F.
Santa Rosa, CA
Before and After photos courtesy of K. Fitzgerald