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#52589 - 05/30/05 07:16 AM Fire Alarm Pull Station
Frank Cinker Offline
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Is it somewhat accurate to say that "in general" fire alarm pull stations are wired in series and smoke detectors are wired in parallel for non-programmable systems?

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#52590 - 05/30/05 07:53 AM Re: Fire Alarm Pull Station
iwire Offline
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No

Normally open non-addressable fire alarm devices such as smokes, pulls, heats etc. must be wired parallel.

Normally closed trouble indicators like tamper switches, pressure switches other panel trouble contacts etc. can be wired in series.
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#52591 - 05/30/05 10:44 AM Re: Fire Alarm Pull Station
Larry Fine Offline
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A series circuit can be considered "self-monitoring" because a break (accidental or malicious) will have the same effect as an alarm condition.

A parallel circuit can be made "monitor-able" by using a termination resistor, as long as the monitoring panel is set up for the purpose.
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#52592 - 05/30/05 04:32 PM Re: Fire Alarm Pull Station
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Larry

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A series circuit can be considered "self-monitoring" because a break (accidental or malicious) will have the same effect as an alarm condition.


I have never seen a fire alarm system circuit treat an open as an alarm event.

A open condition in the circuit causes a trouble.

A closed condition in the circuit causes an alarm.

A circuit with the proper resistance results in a idle panel.
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#52593 - 05/30/05 04:41 PM Re: Fire Alarm Pull Station
Larry Fine Offline
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I was generalizing, as was Frank in the first post.

Some series-circuit systems do not see a difference between an alarm condition and a line break. Opening a circuit is opening a circuit.

"A open condition in the circuit causes a trouble."
In a parallel (N.O.) circuit with an end-of-line resistor, yes. In a N.C. circuit, that looks like a trip.

"A closed condition in the circuit causes an alarm."
In the aforementioned N.O. circuit, ditto. In a series circuit, a short is a bypass.

"A circuit with the proper resistance results in a idle panel."
Ditto again.

Back at ya!

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