PS-8-LP X BPS10A: which one is the best for your fire alarm system?Mayara
When choosing a power supply for your fire alarm system, how do you know which one is the best option? Various brands and technical aspects can make it difficult to find the perfect solution if you aren’t an expert. This is where we come in. The focus of this post is to draw a comparison between two of the most popular power supplies in the market: the Wheelock PS-8-LP and the Edwards BPS10A.
Be sure to check the main features of both products and decide which power supply is the best for your fire alarm system.
Why do I need a power supply?
While they aren’t mandatory for every fire alarm system, technicians will highly recommend power supplies. This equipment provides additional current to your Fire Alarm Control Unit (FACU), to ensure that, in the event of an emergency, all of your devices will continue to function properly. In addition, power supplies are also used as auxiliary power to operate door holders, access control, control relays, and other security applications.
NFPA’s 72 Code provides information for whom a power supply system is mandatory. Generally speaking, only large and complex systems require the addition of a power supply.
A fire alarm system primarily consists of input devices, like detectors and manual pull stations, output devices, such as fire horns and strobes, and a control system. When multiple horns and strobes activate at the same time, they consume a great amount of electrical current. Often times, the devices expend more current than de FACU can provide. This is where a power supply becomes a necessity.
If you want to know more about the Wheelock PS-8-LP and Edwards BPS10A power supplies, you can check the datasheet for both products here and here. You can also contact The Fire Alarm Supplier today to find the best solution for your fire alarm system.