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  1. Steve T
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    Steve T Active EF Member

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    Hi

    I need to replace two smoke alarms in my house, one is in the hallway and the other on the upstairs landing. They are interlinked, and 240 volt powered.

    Which type of smoke alarm would be best for these places, and do you have any suggestions of any particular brand of smoke alarm to use? (They don't need to have the terminals on them as there is a back box in the ceiling)
    Thanks for any advice
     
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    What make do you have now ?
     
  3. Steve T
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    Steve T Active EF Member

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    They are both 'kidde fyrnetics' and they are both being replaced
     
  4. gutterball
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    gutterball Electrician's Arms

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    Aico.
     
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  5. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Aico

    2 x optical

    Don't be fobbed off with the cheaper ionisation units.....
     
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    ruston Trusted Advisor

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    Again , Aico.
     
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  7. Steve T
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    Steve T Active EF Member

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  8. Lee42
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    Lee42 Lee

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    Go for the ones which have the 10 year lithium batteries,(ei161). you will be replacing the 9v batteries when they run out in the other units, and cursing at them when they are bleeping in the middle of the night
     
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  10. gutterball
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    gutterball Electrician's Arms

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    I would fit the lithium ones. They are not much more and it saves you having to remember to change the batteries.
     
  11. Steve T
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    Steve T Active EF Member

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  12. Risteard
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    Risteard Electrician's Arms

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    There are certain (rare) occasions where ionisation detectors should be fitted instead of optical detectors. For a hall and landing I would agree with optical though.

    I must say I'm surprised that England still allows a pathetic LD3 system in domestic new builds.
     
  13. Sparky_marky2
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    Sparky_marky2 Regular EF Member

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    Can't go wrong with Lithium for the small extra cost.
     
  14. tazz
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    tazz Trusted Advisor

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    Why you are protection the escape routes in a dwelling, same as and L4 in commercial situation. Minimum requirement.
     
  15. Risteard
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    Risteard Electrician's Arms

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    Things have moved on elsewhere though. In all of Ireland (both north and south), and I believe Scotland, the requirement is for an LD2 system. In fact in the south with IS 3218 the requirement is expected to exceed the LD2 system once the Building Regulations catch up.
     
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  16. tazz
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    tazz Trusted Advisor

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    Apart from an added heat detector in the kitchen or high risk area, only the escape routes are still covered under LD2
     
  17. Risteard
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    Risteard Electrician's Arms

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    It also means a smoke detector in the living room.

    As I said, IS 3218 goes much further.
     
  18. tazz
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    tazz Trusted Advisor

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    If there is a risk in living room say open fire then yes....but this is where most of built up England do not have such risks. So the standards are just the same under part 6 but not required. Classic would be solar panels and control in loft areas, now this would class as a risk for detection within roof spaces, something missed alot in England
     
  19. ashg285
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    ashg285 Regular EF Member

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    Aico lithium :)
     
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