Fire Alarm Circuit: NPLFA Or PLFA

The standard home fire alarm system can be found in almost all homes everywhere in the world and most will be simple freestanding plastic boxes that operate with a battery and have basic smoke detection capabilities as well as high pitched sirens to act as alarms. The fire alarm systems help to save millions of lives each year, but sometimes the incidence of fire alarm systems not working does tend to rise, and is thought to be as high as thirty percent of all fire alarm systems.

Basic Concepts Are The Same

There is certainly a huge variety available when it comes to choosing a fire alarm system and there are do-it-yourself kits as well as complete home fire alarm systems to choose from. The basic concept however, is the same and the fire alarm circuit could be either an NPLFA or PLFA circuit. The concept of the fire alarm circuit is that the electric current will not get completed unless the fire or smoke is detected which will cause the alarm to be triggered.

The fire alarm circuit is able to "see" the smoke and is very responsive in case of smoldering fires or fires that emanate a great deal of smoke. When there is an alarming change in temperature, the fire alarm circuit is broken and an alarm will sound and will occur in case there is a significant rise in room temperature, which may signal the possibility of a fire having broken out.

The fire alarm circuit one chooses to have should be cost effective whose primary application should include a Notification Appliance Circuit expansion that will provide auxiliary power for system accessories. Different fire alarm circuits can be used depending on budgets and user preference as well as site requirements, and one can expect to pay between fewer than fifty dollars to more than three hundred dollars for a fire alarm circuit. Major players in the fire alarm circuit manufacture include Altronix, Fire-Lite and Kidde.

The fire alarm circuit may be either NPLFA or PLFA with the former being able to operate at up to 600 volts, and there is no limitation to power output, while the latter has the voltage as well as power limited by a listed power source. The PLFA is a lot easier to install though the two types of fire alarm circuits have many things in common that include overcurrent protection, wiring methods, conductor size, conductor insulation as well as number of conductors in a raceway.