Automated Home 2.0 – #34 Spore True Doorbell for Loxone Trigger

True Spore Doorbell

The front door of the new Automated Home has a Loxone NFC Code Touch plus the Loxone Intercom too (shouldn’t these be a single unit by now Loxone?).

At the rear of the house we are using a separate UniFi camera with another Loxone NFC Code Touch that can unlock the back door (as well as both garage doors too).

Loxone Doorbell Wiring

I wanted to add a more conventional looking doorbell here. It needed to be illuminated to attract attention to itself at night, but also be sleek and black to match the contemporary look of the Code Touch.

After a lot of looking around I found this ‘True’ doorbell from Spore Inc. It’s a brushed anodised aluminium metal dome with a ring illuminated by white LEDs (also available in blue, orange, or non-illuminated versions).

It’s a normally open momentary switch which can use either 8-16 Volts AC or 6-12 Volts DC. It’s connected to one of our Loxone digital inputs and a 12v DC power supply.

The Loxone system allows you to use any audio file you want as a doorbell. It then uses the Audioserver to play the sound from all our ceiling speakers around the house. The Epitome Living guys have programmed the system to flash the lights in the garage too incase I’m out there.

At around £50 it’s pretty expensive for what it is, but it was by far the best looking one I found and I’m pleased with the result.

sporedoorbells.com

Back Doorbell
Spore True Doorbell

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Last update on 2021-10-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

5 Comments on "Automated Home 2.0 – #34 Spore True Doorbell for Loxone Trigger"

  1. why do not change for ubiquiti access module ?

  2. @doune – Loxone is handling our access

  3. Jonathan Cox | May 20, 2021 at 6:23 pm |

    So you have just taken one of the wires from the Spore as direct to the Digital Input on the server/extension and the second wire straight in to the 12V supply? I have run a Cat6a cable to my front door for the bell input, and have an old victorian brass bell that I want to do the same sort of thing with.

  4. epitomescott | May 24, 2021 at 9:16 am |

    Hi Jonathan

    Yes, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do for your traditional doorbell button. Loxone systems are working on 24v DC, and that’s what you want to run into your DI, via doorbell switch, over 2 cores on your Cat cable.

    Hope this helps!

    Scott

  5. Jonathan Cox | May 24, 2021 at 9:25 am |

    That’s great Scott thank you. I’ll take 2 cores from the push button to the DI and another 2 cores from the second connection on the push to the 24v from the mini-server. Or do I just need to run 2 cores in the the DI, with one core at the push button side each connected to make the circuit? I’ve got a spare relay on the mini server that I can run out the bell itself and have a transformer there already to step down.

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