120VAC Hardwired Photoelectric and Ionization Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup - 3120B
Photoelectric and Ionization Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backup
The First Alert Hardwired Dual Photoelectric and Ionization Sensor Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup is designed to provide peace of mind. The photoelectric and ionization sensors on this fire detector alert you to both smoldering and fast-flaming fires, offering comprehensive detection and early warning. The 85-decibel fire alarm can connect to other compatible hardwired detectors for larger spaces.
Dual Sensors Detect Two Kinds of Fire
The First Alert Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm features photoelectric and ionization sensors for increased detection. The photoelectric sensor detects smoldering fires from objects like cigarettes burning on furniture or in trash cans, while the ionization sensor detects fast-flaming fires like erupting kitchen grease fires or combustibles. The dual sensors on this fire detector provide you and your family with the earliest warning possible.
Designed for Fewer False Alarms
Smoke from cooking or even shower steam can sometimes set off a smoke alarm. The photoelectric sensor on the First Alert Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm is sensitive to smoldering fires while reducing false alarms. The photoelectric sensor is smart enough to distinguish real threats from everyday activities, resulting in fewer annoying false alarms.
Battery Backup for Detection in a Power Outage
The fire detector is hardwired, but it also features a battery backup to help ensure the smoke alarm can still function in the event of a power outage. The unit requires two AA batteries, and comes with a low-power indicator to alert you when they need to be replaced. A one-touch silence/test button makes it easy to test the detector monthly or silence it during a false alarm.
Optipath 360° and Interconnectivity for Larger Spaces
The First Alert Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm easily connects to other compatible hardwired alarms, making it the perfect solution for larger buildings such as institutions, dormitories, hotels and other multi-family dwellings that use single station smoke detectors. The smoke and fire detector includes patented Optipath 360° technology that provides 360° of access to the alarm, and its 85-decibel siren is designed to be loud enough to awaken even the soundest of sleepers.
First Alert Hardwired Photoelectric and Ionization Smoke Alarm 3120B
How to Install First Alert 3120B Hardwired Smoke Alarms:
In this guide, we'll be showing you how to install First Alert Hardwired Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Here are a few items you'll need before starting the installation process: Needle-nose pliers or utility knife, screwdriver, wire stripper, wire nuts and a ladder.
Hardwired Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements:
- 120V household electrical circuit (unswitched 120VAC)
- Standard wiring junction box to a 4 in. (10 cm) size, on either the ceiling or wall
- Selecting an appropriate location to install your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (see below guidelines for additional information):
- When installing an alarm on the wall, the top edge of an alarm should be placed between 4 in. (100 mm) and 12 in. (300 mm) from the wall/ceiling line.
- When installing an alarm on the ceiling, place the alarm as close to the center as possible.
- In either case, install the alarm at least 4 in. (100 mm) from where the wall and ceiling meet.
- First Alert Smoke Alarm FAQs
- First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm FAQs
Connecting First Alert Hardwired Alarms to 120V Wiring
To begin, turn off power at the junction box and connect your alarm to the building's electrical wiring.
- Locate the junction box and turn off power
- Remove the power connector from the new alarm's packaging
- Using wire nuts, attach the hot (black), neutral (white), and interconnect (orange) wires
|Attach to black wire on power connector|
|Attach to white wire on power connector|
Standalone (single-station) alarm: This wire is not needed; tuck the orange wire into the junction box.
Mounting First Alert Hardwired Alarms
- Secure the mounting bracket to the ceiling or wall using screws (included in the package)
- Insert the power connector into the plug on the back of your alarm
- Tuck any hanging wires into the junction box
- Position the base of the alarm onto the bracket and turn it clockwise until it's secured
- Remove the pull-tab to activate the backup battery
Installing Additional and/or Interconnecting First Alert Hardwired Alarms
If you are installing more smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, you'll want to repeat the process throughout the building. Interconnected smoke and co alarms must meet all requirements:
The same fuse or circuit breaker must power all interconnected alarms.
Up to 18 compatible detectors can interconnect, with a limit of 12 smoke alarms.
The total length of wire interconnecting the alarms should be less than 1,000 ft. (300 meters). This type of wire is commonly available at hardware and electrical supply stores.
All wiring must conform to all local electrical codes and NFPA 70 (NEC). Refer to NFPA 72, NFPA 101, and your local building code for more information.
Interconnect wiring diagram:
If you have any doubts or reservations about these interconnect requirements, please contact an experienced electrician to install your wiring and hardwired alarms.
Restoring Power and Testing Hardwired Alarms
Once you've installed your hardwired alarms, you'll want to restore power to the junction box. Under regular operation, the power indicator light on the alarm will shine/blink to indicate that it is receiving AC power.
Here's how you can test standalone or interconnected alarms:
Standalone Alarms: Press and hold the Test/Silence button until the unit triggers an alarm.
Interconnected Alarms: Press and hold the Test/Silence button until the first unit triggers an alarm. All interconnected detectors should sound off. Repeat this process to test each alarm in the interconnected series.
- Power Source: Hardwired
- Battery Backup: Two AA
- Sensor: Photoelectric and Ionization
- Interconnect: Can be linked with up to 18 units (12 Smoke, 6 CO/Heat/Relay)
- Optipath 360° Technology: Patented technology provides 360° of direct access to the smoke sensor
- Alarm Latch: Remembers which unit initiated an alarm
- Low Battery Latch: Visually identifies which unit is in low battery condition
- Noise Output: 85 dB in a T3 Pattern
- Single Button: One press to silence and test alarm
- Easy Installation: Universal mounting bracket and plug-in power connector for hassle-free installation
- Dust Cover: Keeps alarm clean during construction
- Improved UV Resistance: Keeps alarm from discoloring over time
- Standards: UL 217, CSFM, NFPA 72, HUD, FHA
- Warranty: 10 Year Limited
- Product Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.7 x 2.4 x 5.7.in.
- Product Weight: .85 lbs.
- Smoke particles of varying number and size are produced in all fires. For maximum protection, use both ionization and photoelectric sensing technologies. Ionization alarms are generally more sensitive to fast flaming fires and photoelectric alarms are generally more sensitive to smoldering fires.
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