Can an Addressable Smoke Detector Work With a Conventional Fire Alarm?
A conventional smoke detector is a switch that uses up next to no electrical current when it’s in standby.
Are you thinking about trying to connect an addressable smoke detector to the conventional fire alarm system that you have set up in your building? You should think again! The smoke detectors that you use in your building need to match up with your fire alarm system. That means that addressable smoke detectors will not be compatible with a conventional system. Find out more about why they won’t work well together below.
How a conventional smoke detector works
A conventional smoke detector is a switch that uses up next to no electrical current when it’s in standby. But when it detects smoke in the air and goes into alarm mode, it uses up a lot of electrical current at once. This sudden change in current is what lets a conventional fire alarm system panel know that a conventional smoke detector is going off.