Right Size at the Right Price

Do you know about the MS-25?
Cost Effective 25 Point Addressable Fire Panel

Today, many fast foods restaurants, small retail and office buildings are renovating their buildings. In the process of renovating the building some are updating from the traditional conventional fire alarm control panel to a small addressable fire alarm control panel.
Fire-Lite Alarms has an addressable system worth serious consideration for applications where two to five zone conventional fire alarm systems traditionally are used. The MS-25 introduces a feature set that is new to this segment: pin-point identification of alarms and troubles, false alarm prevention via detector drift compensation and automatic maintenance alerts. Real installer benefits such as easy code-wheel addressed detectors; a “JumpStart” programming feature and a built-in programming browser make system commissioning a definite time-saver. In addition to supporting any combination of addressable detectors and modules, along with the manual pull station, this system also utilizes a single loop of standard wire for real cost-savings.

Another enhancement for the MS-25 is Remote Annunciator connectivity. The annunciator is a compact, backlit, LCD remote annunciator and provides system status for AC Power, Alarm, Trouble, Supervisory and Alarm Silenced conditions.

With these enhancements and the savings of a single SLC replacing multi-zoned wiring, this small addressable system is worth serious consideration. It’s the right-sized panel, giving “Addressable” benefits at a low Conventional panel cost.

Finally, Fire-Lite Alarms is here to help you in your endeavor. Fire-Lite Alarms has 60 years in the business, is the leader in non-proprietary, and has great tools to help you learn about the products. Visit our website to learn more about MS-25.


About the Author
Bill Brosig is a Channel Product Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight and Honeywell Power with more than 25 years in the Life Safety business and a NICET IV certification. Bill focuses on the customer experience surrounding current offerings and new product applications.

After Hours Product Support Now Available

Fire-Lite Alarms is pleased to offer product support after regular business hours. Fire-Lite Technical Support is an excellent resource and assists many customers Monday – Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm Eastern time.  For customers who need to speak with a technical support representative after regular business hours or on weekends, we can pre-arrange a time live phone support.

The after hours support is a benefit to install and service companies and augments the following collection of free and useful resources that Fire-Lite offers:

How can you request after hours support? Click here to provide the details of your support request and to schedule your appointment with one of our NICET certified technicians.  We request 12 hours advance notice to respond to your request.

We appreciate your business and are standing by to support you.


About the Author
Jason Knowlton is a NICET Level II Technical Support Team Leader for Honeywell Fire Systems. He has over 12 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm systems and is the technical lead for all IP based Honeywell fire products and solutions.

Can you hear me now?! – Tips & Tricks to Voice Evacuation Design

Hi everyone, Mike B here! As a Regional Sales Manager I get called out to perform building walk-throughs on a fairly regular basis.  Unfortunately, the driving factor for these visits is a problem.  I’ve been to multiple Fire Voice installations with the same theme: “not enough”.  I want to share just a few observations of what “not enough” could mean.

Not Enough Light
There is no inexpensive and reliable way to measure strobe light in the field.  You might take a common sense approach to this problem.  If you can’t see the light then there’s not enough.  In factories, warehouses, and even offices, there can be dead spaces. Your local Fire Marshalls are exceptional at finding them!  When the fire and voice systems are active, there should be no area within your space where you cannot see a strobe or have your attention captured by a strobe. In larger spaces with high ceilings, light gets absorbed quickly and even high candela strobes can seem dim.  Some of the most common inspection failures related to strobes is the dead space between racks or pieces of machinery.  100% coverage is key! If it’s a space where people work or through which people travel, a strobe should be visible.

Not Enough Sound
This is a biggie!  The “voice” in “voice evacuation” needs to be heard above the ambient noise in any occupancy.  Dead spots can occur when not enough sound/audible devices are deployed.  Note:  I have used a simple iPhone app to measure sound with limited success.  Think of this as an indicator rather than a measurement.

Keep in Mind
More is better
.  We know that when sound reaches us from several different places that it becomes clearer and more intelligible, (intelligibility is the understanding of the message).  High ceilings, cavernous lobbies, marble floors and/or walls can be the enemy, (background or ambient noise levels can play a big part as well).  Just like big spaces absorb light, these big spaces can absorb sound and can even add an echo effect, significantly decreasing intelligibility.

Walls and ceilings.  In tight spaces like hallways, a ceiling mounted speaker will tend to project sound where if you deployed wall speakers in the same space the sound would likely bounce off the opposing wall or worse, get absorbed. In big open spaces, especially those with high ceilings, wall speakers will work better than ceiling mounted as they will be closer to the ear. Remembering that more is better in terms of intelligibility of the message, more is better in terms of volume as well and don’t forget the dead spots between racks or behind partitions.

Speaker placement is important. Speakers placed facing each other, for example on opposing walls, will tend to cancel each other out.  Just like you would stagger strobes to gain greater coverage within a space, stagger the sound to avoid cancelling. It’s a lot easier to lower the tap setting on a speaker that might be considered extra than it is to cut a hole in marble or otherwise finished walls, and then there’s the wiring…

Looking for more?
Fire-Lite Alarms and AFMG teamed up on a webinar to discuss in-building and outdoor ECS design with a review of code and guidelines. The webinar included an in-depth look at how EASE Evac software can help you with your design. For more information on the EASE Evac Software please visit: http://evac.afmg.eu/ If you’d like to watch the on-demand recording of the webinar, please visit our website.


About the Author
Mike Breault is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms and has previously worked as a Fire-Lite Alarms Programm​ing and I​​nstallation Trainer and SME.  He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2007 and has worked for Honeywell for over 11 years.​​​​

Because You Asked For It – Wireless Job References

As with any new technology, there’s a small group of early-adopters, followed by a much larger group of members that tend to have a “let’s-wait-and-see” attitude. Given our conservative industry, the latter group tends to be even bigger.SWIFT Applications Display FL

So when Fire-Lite announced a new wireless line of detectors and modules – a new line that STRESSES the RELIABILITY of a Class A mesh network – there was a small group of early adopters – no surprise. However, there was a high amount of interest shown immediately, with a lot of questions pertaining to a big variety of applications. Possibly because SWIFT provided a lot of problem-solving benefits and could be used as part of a new or existing wired system?

Out of the flurry of interest, came the same questions – where has it been used? Can I see a job reference?

A number of SWIFT case studies are being written right now, which Fire-Lite will be posting to www.firelitewireless.com very soon. In the meantime,  the infographic above will give you a good taste of successful SWIFT applications and there’s many more to come!

Are you planning to install SWIFT detectors or modules somewhere soon? Let us know in the comments below, it might be a great project to feature!

About the Author
Beth Welch is the Manager of Public Relations and Social Engagement for Honeywell Fire Systems. For a decade, she has strived to raise awareness of new technologies, industry trends and information, for the benefit of engineers, integrators and end users.

Three Tips for Security Dealers Expanding into the Fire Biz

For security dealers anxious to jump into the fire alarm industry, many see it as an opportunity to open up another revenue stream. Because the fire alarm business is promising for recurring revenue—think of the annual tests and inspections—it’s a great option if security dealers are looking to expand their business. Even when the economy hits a downturn, a good stream of fire alarm income is still possible.

But for security dealers eager to enter the fire alarm industry, they need to understand more than just the revenue component. Security dealers are always coming up to me asking what they need to know about this space, so I’ve come up with a list of the top three tips to keep in mind before making the switch to fire alarms:

  1. Learn about the fire alarm industry: “How much about the fire alarm industry do you actually know?” I ask security dealers looking to jump into this market. Dealers should conduct research on the field to understand the nuances and specifications of this market—particularly in their area. There are plenty of resources out there today, including training classes and seminars that will teach them about particular segments of the industry. For instance, Fire-Lite Alarms provides more than 50 hands-on courses throughout the US every year, as well as online tutorials, how-to technical videos, monthly Webinars and valuable information via fireliteblog.com. What’s more, security dealers can reach out to their local chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), a good source of information on new codes, as is the local AHJ, who will be ensuring system compliance. Remaining up-to-date with code requirements is crucial in the fire alarm market, and training is one of the best ways to keep up with the changes.
  1. Aim for negotiated work in the beginning: When many people enter the fire alarm business, they immediately want to jump into larger projects. However, my best advice is to start with negotiated work; security dealers should utilize their current customer base in the beginning, instead of reaching out to the unknown for spec projects. Negotiated work has better margins, and dealers will be working with customers they’ve known for a long period of time. Security dealers can begin with the service, testing and inspection side of the fire alarm business, which will help them steadily learn more about codes and regulations. This gradually pulls them into the market, and then they can start conducting installations for their customer base.
  1. Get into a different frame of mind: Because security dealers are not used to code-regulated business, they need to change their selling strategy with fire alarm customers. In the security business, they can sell customers whatever they want and as much of it as they want. On the flip side, the fire alarm business has a code minimum, which mandates what a dealer can sell. As a result, there’s a different selling approach; the fire alarm business has an “educate to sell” aspect, in which dealers help customers understand the local fire marshal’s code requirements. That is completely different from what security dealers are used to—a “what do you want?” selling environment.

What else should security dealers know before entering the fire alarm business? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


About the Author
Dan Sammons is a Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms and Silent Knight by Honeywell. Dan has been with Honeywell for the last 19 years and in the fire protection industry for 30 years. He has NICET II certification and an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Engineering and Fire Science. He has also worked as a field technician, system designer and project manager.


Before, During & After ISC West – Lessons Learned in Vegas

With less than 2 weeks away from the opening of ISC West, it’s time to start thinking about what training sessions to attend, who’s exhibit you want to check out, what new products will be showcased, and who you need to catch-up with during the wevegas-sign1ek.

But after the sessions are over and the last attendee exits the Sands Convention Center, what’s the plan? Team dinners? Networking Events? Catching up on emails? Maybe just relaxing after standing on cement floors for hours?

Here are a few things I have learned over the past 11 years:

1. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
You’re in a desert even if you don’t leave the convention center all day. Besides the heat and dryness, you may end up being out late or over-indulging. Make sure you give yourself time to eat breakfast and if you do end up with a hangover, load up on carbs and water.

2. What About Breakfast??
Once you reach the ISC West show floor, you’ve got a small concession stand with a long line or a far walk back to find coffee and a bagel for breakfast. If you can’t grab breakfast off-site, three of my favorite, fastest options are: the Venetian Hotel Food Court is a quick, casual spot with a lot of options for breakfast and lunch, and it’s right on the way for those walking through the Venetian Hotel (on casino level) from Las Vegas, Blvd.; the food court at the Grand Canal Shops on the second level of the Venetian has an assortment of fast and tasty food choices; and a last resort would be to head down the hall from the Sands toward the Venetian Hotel and Casino to Café Presse or the Grand Lux Café, which are typically busy at prime meal times, but when you’re hungry, you’re hungry.

3. Hand Sanitizer
Think of how many times you shake hands with people at this show. Yeah, a little pocket bottle of hand sanitizer is not such a bad idea.

4. Bring a back-up phone charger!
The convention center seems to drain my phone battery in no time! Maybe it’s b/c I’m tweeting or trying to keep up with emails while working the booth. I never have enough time between the close of the show and dinner reservations to get a full charge. There’s a variety of mini travel chargers out there that can slip into your purse or pocket to give a quick charge in the taxi ride to the restaurant.

5. Figure out tomorrow’s dinner today!
I love food! When I travel I always try to visit new places to eat and relax but when there are thousands of people in town for a tradeshow and business dinners galore, reservation times might be hard to come by if you don’t plan ahead. Vegas is FULL of great places – both low key and crazy! Just remember to plan early!!

6. Tourist It Up!
Even if you’ve been going to Las Vegas for years like me, you never see everything it offers. There are so many interesting activities and neat places to check out: visit Freemont Street, see a show, or take a drive out to the Grand Canyon!

7. Make space on your phone/camera for pictures!
Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of Elvis or Marilyn? You never know what you’ll see!

Las Vegas offers a free, downloadable guide to anyone interested in visiting. Let’s catch up and share Vegas stories!

Safe Travels Everyone!


About the Author
Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power, and Silent Knight. Liz joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003 and is responsible for the communications, collateral, messaging, and events for all three brands.

Fire Alarm System Duct Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives

Building, fire and life safety codes for many local jurisdictions require the installation of duct smoke detectors in heating ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC). These local codes typically follow NFPA 90A and the National Fire Alarm Code for specific design, installation, and maintenance guidelines.

The HVAC Shutdown application generally occurs when a duct detector like the D355PL is installed in the return air ducts of an HVAC system for the purpose of sensing any presence of smoke due to a fire.  An addressable fire panel like Fire-Lite’s MS-9200UDLS uses the CRF-300 control relay module to shutdown the respective air handlers or fans and close dampers to prevent the spread of toxic smoke throughout the facility.

Some buildings may require additional functions to be triggered in tandem with the shutdown of the HVAC system. Typical applications might include elevator recall or doors that are released or unlocked magnetically. All of these actions may take place in response to an alarm condition in a facility.

Many well thought-out decisions have to be made on the use of duct detectors based upon the anticipated or likely presence of smoke within a building. Whether the smoke or fire is outside in an area that may happen to be close to a fresh-air inlet –or whether smoke originates within the HVAC system itself.

Although fire alarm system duct detectors can and should never be used as a substitute for area spot smoke detectors, they nevertheless can play a huge role in preventing injury, protecting property and saving lives by reducing the spread and recirculation of deadly smoke.

Duct detectors are installed by fire systems technician or sometimes by the HVAC installer. Who typically installs the duct detectors in your jurisdiction?


About the Author
Lynn Dudley is a NICET-Certified Technical Trainer for Honeywell Fire Safety. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003.  Lynn conducts Fire-Lite Alarms training academies and programs at various locations around the country.​​