Alarm Grid LYNX-EXT: Using Wired External Sirens w/ a LYNX Security System

Alarm Grid LYNX-EXT: Using Wired External Sirens w/ a LYNX Security System

Hi, DIY-ers. Sterling from Alarm Grid here,
and today we’re going to show you how to hook up an External Sounder or Strobe to a Honeywell
LYNX Touch Security System. While the LYNX Touch has an internal built-in siren that,
when the alarm goes off, will make a loud noise inside the house emanating from the
panel, we frequently are asked how people can add additional sirens so that, when the
alarm goes off, every area of the house or outside the house would alert someone to the
break-in. Now the 5800 Wave is a wireless siren that can be added. That one is very
easy. It matches to the House ID Code of the panel. You plug it into the wall. You set
your Dip switches to match the House ID that’s programed in your LYNX Touch. And when it’s
plugged into the wall outlet, it works great. The problem with the 5800 Wave is that it
only works about 50 feet from the panel or, with a repeater, up to 100 feet from the panel.
It also is only an indoor siren, so you’ve got some limitations. It’s also not quite
as loud as the LYNX Touch. If you want a really loud siren or you want an outdoor siren or
you want a siren that’s going to be further than 50 or 100 feet from the panel, then your
only option is to use a relay module with an auxiliary power supply and do some setup
there with some wiring and all these parts that we have. And then you can add any wired
siren to the system. You get a lot more flexibility with your siren options. It’s a little bit
more of a setup, much different than just plugging something into an outlet. But we’re
going to show you how easy it can be when you have the right items. The tools you’ll need. We have a little Phillips
head screwdriver. We have a hammer and a bigger screwdriver and that’s just for some knockouts
on the panel. You don’t really need these but it makes it a little bit easier. We have
some wire strippers and we have four conductor, 22 gauge stranded wire. You can use 18 gauge.
It should be a little thicker wire. Depends on how far you’re going to do your siren run,
but typically 18 or 22 gauge, four conductor alarm or speaker wire. You can get this at
your local hardware store or Home Depot or Loews and they normally come in preset links
or you can just have them cut how long you’ll need. When you do your connections, there’s a few
items you need. You need a relay module. We have the 5800RL, which is a little wireless
relay module. The advantage of this is that wherever you’re going to do your siren installation
can be separate from the control panel. You do not need to run a wire from your siren
location all the way back to your LYNX Touch. Gives you the flexibility to mount your siren
up in your eaves, in your attic or somewhere like that and then just go wireless back to
the control panel so that when the panel goes into alarm, it kicks in the siren. If you’re
going to go wireless, do the 5800RL relay module. If you are converting from an old wired system
or it’s preconstruction or you have access to wire from your siren location back to the
control panel, a less expensive option is to use Altronix RBSNTTL. It’s an ultra sensitive
relay and the LYNX Touch panel has an ultra sensitive trigger output that works great
with this relay. You’ll save a little bit of money by going this route but you do need
to make your wire connection all the way from your siren back to your control panel. These two items, the 5800RL or the RBSNTTL,
these are going to be the relays. This is what the panel is going to tell to kick on
which will activate the siren. Now because both of these units need power, you’re also
going to need an auxiliary power supply. An auxiliary power supply is a circuit board
that takes AC power from a transformer plugged into the wall, converts it to DC power, which
will power the siren and the relay module. We have here a Honeywell AD12612. This is
a six or 12 volt power supply with 1.2 amp output. The sirens that you’re going to be
hooking up are going to draw down from this unit so you want to make sure that you’re
not exceeding the output that this device requires or drives rather. Whenever you’re
deciding which sirens to use, you have to make sure you understand the current draw
of the siren and make sure that you’re not going to exceed the output of your power supply.
If you need a higher-powered power supply, the Altronix SMP3 is a 2.5 amp power supply
so about double the power of this little unit. We’re going to show this one so, again, AC
power from a wall. Because of that, you also need a transformer. This transformer is the
Honeywell 1361 and this is the transformer that you should use with this power supply.
This is a 16.5 VAC 40 VA transformer. This gets plugged into the wall, gets connected
to the AC terminals on the power supply so that this is feeding power to the power supply
which, in turn, feeds power to the relay modules and the siren. This has a charging circuit
coming off of it for a backup battery. We suggest the UltraTech 1240. This is a 12 volt,
four and a half amp hour battery so that, if you lose power to your outlet, the siren
setup will still work because your system always has a battery backup. We always recommend
that when you’re doing this External Sounder setup, that you use the backup battery. So
we have our backup battery. Finally, we have this nice little can here
which allows you to mount your battery, your power supply and your relay in this nice little
can so that you have a nice little enclosure, keep everything neat. You’d have your wiring
coming out the side going to your transformer and going to your siren which is going to
be mounted separately. This allows you to mount it to the wall, keep everything nice
and neat. So we have our can. We have a part number on our website is the
LYNX, L-Y-N-X dash E-X-T and what that includes is this can, the wireless relay module, the
1.2 amp power supply, AD12612, the 1361 Transformer and the battery. We give you everything you
would need to add a wired siren wirelessly back to your LYNX Touch. You can also build
your own separate kit if you wanted to do the hardwired relay.

10 Replies to “Alarm Grid LYNX-EXT: Using Wired External Sirens w/ a LYNX Security System”

  1. hello dear,

    can you please add a video for installing the outdoor siren AG8 because i have that siren and dont know how to perform its installation and contol with Lynx 5200.
    Your support will be highly appreciated.

  2. I have installed a exterior reverend siren and strobe to my L5200. if I made the siren Pulse with fire alarms can I damage it or damage the strobe?

  3. Hello my friend, my name is Paulo, I am from Brazil, we are having many problems of communication failure with the central monitoring, we are using the wifi module, can you give us an help, an opinion on the subject?

  4. Hello,
    we are buying the lynx 7000 security system, but can not find this wired external siren and relay that you are demonstrating online. could you tell me where we can purchase this set. Thank you,

  5. I have a honeywell vista 20 panel, it says max 2A draw, or 600mA for UL usage. I would like to add a second siren, right now I have a Wave2 siren, which draws 500mA.

    My question what does UL usage mean?
    I figure I could add another Wave2, but worry about being over the UL usage?
    Also I assume I simply wire both sirens to the same terminals on the panel, in other words connect the POS wire from each unit to the same terminal and the NEG wires from each unit to the ground terminal?

  6. I have a detached garage and have installed conduit to make the run from the house to the garage. Was planning on running 22 4 pair to the garage to pick up a set of windows and the door. The overall length is going to be about 170'. Is that too far for 22? I have the option of using cat5e underground direct burial as well. Which would you suggest?

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