Spore Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak

Spore Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 28, 2020

During this pandemic, Spore's web store remains open for business, but our shipping may be slower than usual as we work with reduced staff and cannot guarantee delivery times of shipping services. 

Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business.

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Black Doorbells and Chimes: a Primer

Black Doorbells and Chimes: a Primer

April 18, 2019

Are you looking for a black doorbell button or black door chime? Spore has you covered. This versatile finish looks fantastic on both contemporary and traditional homes in a way that no other finish can compare. We've embraced it and offer our thoughts on the ways that illumination color can convey different tones to the same black finish.

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Do I Need a Transformer for my Doorbell?

Do I Need a Transformer for my Doorbell?

April 07, 2019

We get a lot of questions about doorbell transformers! Here we will attempt to answer the most common of them. 

What is a doorbell transformer?

A transformer converts line-voltage to low-voltage (16 volts). In the United States, line-voltage 120 for most household wiring (this is what is running to your lights and outlets). In Europe and other parts of the world, line-voltage is 240. Any transformer that converts line-voltage to low-voltage will work as a doorbell transformer.

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On Repair: A Story of a Broken Doorbell Button

On Repair: A Story of a Broken Doorbell Button

April 07, 2019

In the office last week, we were discussing the importance of building repairable products. We are happy to say that we don't get a lot of calls requesting help with repairs, as our products are built to be sturdy in exterior applications. Nonetheless, some of our doorbell buttons have been in the field for decades now, and once in while we hear from someone whose doorbell is looking a bit shabby or whose LEDs have bit the dust. Whenever possible, we offer replacement parts to try to help customers repair their Spore products.

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NEST doorbell connector instructions

Installing Spore's RING chime with Nest and Ring video doorbells

December 03, 2018 2 Comments

We are regularly asked whether Spore RING and BIG RING chimes are compatible with these systems. We are pleased to say that our chimes have been tested with these systems and perform well.

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Remodel inspiration

Remodel inspiration

September 20, 2016

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About a remodel: making more out of what is

About a remodel: making more out of what is

August 09, 2016

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Our Favorite Shelter Books for Kids

Our Favorite Shelter Books for Kids

April 13, 2013

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Show On: Spore at Dwell on Design

Show On: Spore at Dwell on Design

July 27, 2012

It's been too long since Spore has made an appearance at a trade show, but we packed up and went to Los Angeles last month for the Dwell on Design show. The weekend was wonderful and we got great response from everyone who came by. We were excited to be there and hope to make a habit of it. 

We were excited to introduce our products to many people who were unfamiliar with us, but we were especially pleased to meet customers who have been familiar with us for years--one even has their original Square doorbell from when we got our start 15 years ago (and it's still illuminated, passing the 100,000 hour rating of our LEDS!). 

You may notice the handsome orange chime on the display: we debuted our newest addition to our line, which we are calling Big Ring (6" diameter compared to our regular Ring's 4.25"). This chime has such a handsome deep sound. We are experimenting with finishes still, but we are very excited by this orange, which will be in the final lineup. Look for Big Ring for sale this fall. 

While we were out and about on our off hours in Los Angeles, we enjoyed driving around the hills and eating tacos, hitting the Getty Center and Griffith Park Observatory for consecutive sunsets (and we appreciated that coffee in Los Angeles has caught up to Seattle since our last visit). 

For Ted, though, the highlight seemed to be this Citroen DS. Thanks, L.A. We will be back soon.

 

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The future of urban density

November 17, 2011

We at Spore are essentially suburban. In spite of our living in and loving our city, we live in a single-family dwelling that has enough room that we can store things we don't mean to keep. We admire the minimalism borne of constraints, and we love what density can do for community vibrancy, as well as for environmental impact. Cities in the United States tend to have codes that prevent developers from building the kind of compact dwellings that are popular in many Asian cities, but some people are starting to explore the "what-ifs." What if there were a viable option for affordable, safe housing for the young and poor in our cities? What if semi-communal options were architectually supported? Today we read this interesting article in the New York Times on a few projects that are considering this, and we were inspired by the idea that we might see something like this in our cities in the next decade. We just hope, of course, that they want lots of doorbells. 

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As seen on Decorgirl.net

October 28, 2011

Thanks to Lisa at Decorgirl.net for the great Spore review earlier this year on Decorgirl.net. Don't forget to let us know if you ever blog about us--we'd love to share your post with our customers. 

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A House by the Park: the cost of building modern

A House by the Park: the cost of building modern

July 08, 2011

 

A couple of years ago, we began following the blog A House By The Park, the chronology of Mike Davidson, CEO of Newsvine, on the building of his modern house in Seattle. His goal in writing his blog was not to just show off the progress on his beautiful home, but to precisely document the design choices and their costs so that other people could see what the reality of building custom modern might actually look like. The journey started in 2007, when Mike first started thinking about what he was looking for. In July of 2008 he found his dream property and the process began in earnest. Working with Build, a local construction firm that specialize in modern residences, Mike transformed a property with an early 1950s house into a modern masterpiece.

Along the way he shared his experiences and choices on everything from mortgages to lighting, with information about how he made his decisions along the way. We were pleased as punch that in his second to last post on the process he called out our True doorbell as a favorite find, a great honor after watching his progress for a year. Though the house wrapped up in November of last year, the blog remains an incredible resource and inspiration for anyone who is thinking about building or revamping modern.

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