The next generation door bell

Ever miss a delivery?  The Amazon box you’ve been waiting for arrives 5 minutes after you’ve left for work!  What are the options for you; delivery to a neighbour, parcel delivery at work, personal butler… How about a video doorbell?

"Always be in when you’re out.”  

Video doorbells are now available to allow you to answer the door like you answer your phone.  Someone’s at the door your phone buzzes, you can see who’s at the door, open the door if you’re in, or if not talk to them and give instructions, “I’ll be back in 2 minutes, hold on”, “please leave in the wheelie bin round the corner”, “knock on Ethel’s door, she’ll accept it for me”. 

The video doorbell has other advantages, it can take a picture of every person that rings your bell, giving you photographic evidence of the courier, cold caller, potential burglar.  How about motion sensing video so that everyone who walks up to your door, legitimate or not is recorded? With the video saved to the cloud and you also get a notification on your smartphone. 

If you have accessibility requirements, perhaps you can’t always get to the door when it rings due to an illness or disability? Then a video doorbell could enable you to always answer the door whether in your chair, in bed or just otherwise occupied, you can speak to the person at your door through a smartphone or tablet and with a connected lock allow them access to the property.

Piece of mind, security, accessibility, personal butler… all from a doorbell.  

With prices starting from £300 installed, the video doorbell is a great option for your home. Electric Orange are installers of the Ring doorbell and partners of both Doorbird and Loxone intercoms, call us for options.

Electric Orange is available for all your smart home technology needs, we are a Cedia member based in Liverpool operating in merseyside, Cheshire and the Wirral.


Self build

Planning a self build? Have you thought about the cabling in the building?  When should they be specified, what do you need in your house?  There's power, computer networks, WiFi, CCTV and alarm cables to name a few.

Got an electrician for your sockets, light switches, a plumber, an alarm company, an AV company for all your music and TV. Wondering how all these systems are going to work together?

Your house will work but may you may be left with a number of systems that don't know about each other and what we like to call 'wall acne', that wall of switches, controls and panels often located in the hallway or if very unlucky in all the main rooms of the house.

If planning is taken place before all these system are installed then there are options to make these disparate systems work together rather than compete with each other for wall space and cavity space. Getting all the trades together can be tricky but worth it, for example when looking at ceiling speakers also speak to the plumber to make sure that a water cable doesn't run directly through the joist void that the speaker should sit in. When looking at your heating control system there may be a way to integrate that system with the web, if so make sure there's a network cable to the heating controller or adequate WiFi signal.

If you're planning to have more than a couple of lighting circuits in one room or one area then it could be worth looking at a lighting control system, to provide one button access to multiple lighting circuits. To create a 'scene' e.g. cooking, relaxing entertaining perhaps coloured lighting.  Or if you have kids that leave lights on how about motion sensors to turn on lights in the toilet and hallway or turn lights off in their bedroom if they leave them on for too long?

There are many items to discuss when building a house but perhaps one of the biggest nowadays is WiFi, don't leave this to the last moment to find out that your ISP's router doesn't have enough range to cover your house and that you smartphone doesn't work in the master bedroom. WiFi can be extended to give complete whole home stable and fast coverage.

As experienced installers and CEDIA members we can help integrate your building. Give us a call or email

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