Eaton’s LX range of Visual Alarm Devices provide a low-current, compliant solution to fire alarm signalling across Africa.
Eaton is urging the fire industry to develop its knowledge of the EN54-23 standard, and the associated System Design and Installation codes of Practice for visual fire alarms to better inform building occupants of an emergency. Eaton was the first manufacturer to bring low-current EN54-23 compliant visual alarm devices (VADs) onto the market with its LX range, and the rigorous safety of the devices has been underlined by the completion of additional country-specific certifications, including VdS in Germany, CNBOP in Poland and NF in France.
Neil Primrose, Regional Sales Manager at Eaton Southern Africa, said: “These devices encourage safer evacuations by ensuring building occupants are alerted to a fire hazard even if they cannot hear an audible alarm, either because of a hearing impairment or noise interference. However, customer feedback received suggests awareness of the new beacon standard and its stipulations is still in its infancy, with the risks to life safety not yet fully recognised by building owners and system designers. It’s something we’re working very hard to address, not only with a comprehensive range of compliant VADs but a range of guides, tools and support services to help those responsible for fire systems to understand the requirements around VADs.”
As part of an industry-leading drive to improve awareness, Eaton offers resources including an online specifying tool to help professionals determine which products are required for a given installation, as well as a beacon placement guide and a pocket guide to the EN 54-23 standard.
The EN54-23 standard came into force across Europe last year and formalises a set of specifications for VADs. Prior to the introduction of EN 54-23 there was no fire industry standard that defined the light output criteria and installation requirements for VADs, which caused a confusing array of different specifications to be quoted by manufacturers.
The LX range provides a compliant and energy efficient solution that has been approved by Poland’s CNBOP (Centrum Naukowo-Badawcze Ochrony Przeciwpożarowej), which works to improve fire safety by conducting and providing technical assessments of the performance of products for use in fire protection. The LX range of VADs had to go through a rigorous technical performance evaluation to gain CNBOP certification.
Additionally, the LX range is certified under VdS. Similarly to CNBOP, to secure VDS approval, the LX range had to be tested by the VdS laboratories on the basis of VdS guidelines and also go through a certification by the VdS certification office.
The needs and requirements for the African Market have also been taken into account. NF certification has been secured for a number of LX products, which have been designed specifically for Africa with new power requirements built in to cover 10-60Vdc
The LX range, with patented lens technology, overcomes the challenge of creating a device that distributes sufficient light without compromising energy efficiency.
Eaton’s LX range of visual alarm devices are based on familiar product platforms, providing easy recognition and the reassurance that high reliability and efficiency is guaranteed. The range consists of five products, all of which boast a coverage of 7.5m and offer industry leading current consumption.