Deaf - flash strobe?

Is it possible to connect my ring doorbell with a smart bulb so it will flash every time it rings? any recommendation?

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Be a Good idea something for the deaf as i am 95% deaf myself, We are all deaf on different fequanceys !

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I looked into this a while back, but had no success. This is why I depend on Ring’s desktop app while I’m working from home. Now that they’re taking that away, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

However, I did do some research recently and I found a flashing device that essentially “hears” your existing doorbell which then transmits a signal to a portable flasher which alerts you to someone ringing your doorbell. It’s a workaround as you have to constantly move the strobe light around with you in your house. I suppose it would be effective if you’re in one place in your house for long periods of time, i.e., while sitting at your desk as you’re working from home for 8 hours, in your bedroom as you sleep for 6-8 hours, etc. By the way, with additional devices, this system would also work with your existing fire alarms and baby criers.

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I can’t vouch for this device as I’ve never even seen one in actual use. It’s a bit expensive for a workaround. There may be more practical solutions where a strobe system is permanently fixed in locations throughout your house. You would have to have this system wired in conjunction with the wiring of your existing doorbell.

As October 15th approaches (end of life for Ring’s desktop app) I’m going to start looking into alternative security camera systems with desktop apps as that might be the better way for me to go. Besides, I can’t stomach getting screwed by a company selling you a product only to take away features which made the product attractive in the first place. Their removal of the desktop app is forcing me to buy additional devices to make their product useful to me. That just doesn’t sit well with me.

Good luck in your endeavor to find a solution. If you find anything, please do report it here.

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Unfortunately, I do NOT have a good solution for your problem.

If you sit at a desk for many hours a day, however, you could try using a single purpose device that is designed for hearing people, such as a driveway monitor. You could place the transmitter in a position to detect motion at your door, then place the receiver on your desk in your line of sight. If you have no need for an audio alert, you could turn off the volume on the receiver. Unfortunately, the flashing LED on the receiver would probably be much smaller and far less bright than what you are looking for.

If you decide to investigate such devices, you may want to decide if you want a device where the LED changes from flashing to solid after a certain number of flashes (requiring the LED light to be turned off manually)… versus one where the LED turns off automatically after a period of time. An advantage of the former is that you would know to check security camera footage (after the fact) if you were not near the receiver when the alert occurred. You may also want to consider a product that uses a non-WiFi method of communication, which you may (or may not) find to be more desirable/dependable than one that uses WiFi.

I realize that this is probably NOT an adequate/desirable solution, but you may (or may not) find it is better than your current situation.

I hope you find an excellent solution that works well for you.

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I can see how a device that is designed for the deaf could be very useful for people who are not deaf… depending on the product design/implementation.

For my purposes, for example, it would be useful for such a device to have an optional/adjustable volume control for audio alerts.

I hope that forum members will post a message here if they find an excellent solution.

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You can do this quite easily using Alexa routines as a ‘bridge’. The basic idea is below:

It’s not 100% perfect (since you’ll have to wait 5 seconds between turning a bulb on then off - so it’s quite a slow blink!) but the key points are:

  • The smart bulb should support Alexa (most do)
  • You need an Echo device (anything - even an Echo Dot or Echo Flex - will work fine)
  • Within the Alexa app, create a routine and set the trigger as smart home → Ring doorbell → motion or doorbell press
  • Staying in the routine screen, add an action of smart home → smart home → select your smart bulb → power on
  • Then as you can see above, you can achieve the ‘strobe’ effect by waiting 5 seconds, turning the bulb off, waiting 5 seconds, turning the bulb on again (etc).

It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty effective :slightly_smiling_face:

Hope this helps!

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