Frequent question: How is a conventional fire alarm wired?

Conventional fire alarm systems are made up of zones. Multiple devices, both initiating and notification devices, make up a zone which connect to the main control panel. Conventional systems are analog in that they use electrical currents to communicate with the control panel.

How many devices can be on a fire alarm loop?

Every device connected to the addressable system has its own unique address (up to 250 devices per loop). When a fire is detected, the detectors address is highlighted on the main control panel, indicating exactly which device has been activated.

Do hardwired smoke detectors need their own circuit?

The electrical code does not require that hardwired smoke detectors be connected to their own dedicated circuit, though there is nothing wrong with installing a new circuit for this purpose. More often, though, hardwired smoke detectors are installed by splicing into a general lighting circuit or outlet circuit.

Can smoke alarms be wired to lighting circuit?

The Smoke alarms can be connected to a lighting circuit – this is the preferred circuit. The alternative is wiring on a dedicated circuit.

Do smoke detectors need to be grounded?

If it is metal, code requires that the box be grounded. If all the external parts of the smoke detector are plastic then a ground is not required (the same is true with light fixtures).

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What is the disadvantage of conventional control panel?

The main drawback with conventional panels is that one cannot tell which device has been activated within a circuit. The fire may be in one small room, but as far as emergency responders can tell, a fire could exist anywhere within a zone.

What are conventional systems?

Conventional systems are hardware-based and use analog technology. Conventional fire alarm systems are made up of zones. Multiple devices, both initiating and notification devices, make up a zone which connect to the main control panel.

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