Installation Accessories

Installation Accessories

There are a wide variety of installation accessories available with most sounders and beacons that help to aide greater visibility, makes general maintenance of the unit easier as it is more accessible and provides protection from nearby elements.

Wall Mounted Brackets

Right angled brackets are ideal for fixing to a wall to mount a beacon or sounder parallel to the wall.

Pivoting brackets are also a great option as they allow the direction of the beacon to be changed after installation by pivoting on a bolt holding the two parts together.
                   
                   

Guards

Metal guards can be fitted over a beacon to protect it from many elements; from forklift trucks, falling objects to acts of vandalism. These are particularly useful in industrial environments.
Guards can also be used together with wall mounted brackets.

Pole Mount

Pole mounts are useful for raising a beacon up from the mounting surface for greater visibility. These are particularly useful in areas where you require a beacon to stand above machinery or other obstacles which may affect the viewing of the beacon.
Pole mounts can be used together with wall mounted brackets.

Post Mount

Post mounts are commonly used for traffic light units. These hold the units in place on a post and give greater flexibility on where the traffic light can be mounted rather than just being limited to wall mounting.

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Beacon Installation

There are many considerations to think about when installing any type of beacon, the most important of course being that the work is carried out by qualified personnel. Further points to consider include application, orientation, mounting, maintenance and voltage drop which are noted in more detail below:

Application

You need to consider the following points before deciding which beacon is most suitable for your application:
*Brightness – is it bright enough/is it too bright?
*Colour – is there a specifying standard which requires a specific colour?
*IP Rating – where is this being used to obtain a suitable IP rated beacon?
*Power consumption – is there enough available from the power supply?
*Mode – do you require this to be flashing/static/rotating?
*Is it different to other beacons is the area?

The sighting of the beacon should also be considered, for maximum effect and minimum interference from obstructions.

Orientation and Mounting

Beacons are normally recommended to be installed vertically, especially when used continuously i.e. dome on top, when beacons are not mounted vertically, this can affect it’s IP rating. (Although this does change for sounder, the horn must NOT be pointing upwards).

To help with installing beacons in this way, a range of L shaped brackets can be used or even a pole if mounting directly and needing it raised into a higher position.

Maintenance

Ensure the beacon is installed in such a way that the equipment can be accessed and opened for maintenance. If possible, choose beacons which are of a low maintenance variety – e.g. LED beacons. In some instances, preventative maintenance should be carried out, for example replacing a xenon flash tube in a strobe beacon before it fails as this could then cause damage to the circuit.

Voltage Drop – Electrical Considerations

The installation should take into account the potential for voltage drop and the effect this can have on the operation of the beacon. All cables will drop voltage especially when carrying high currents. When connecting the beacons keep the cable run from the power supply to the beacon as short as possible to minimise the voltage drop. The voltage drop can be calculated using OHMS law in order that there is still sufficient voltage at the beacon to power it.

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Installation Accessories

The Importance of Installation Accessories

The installation of warning signals is essential in most industries today. Doing it right makes the device more effective in keeping the workplace safe. Thus, the importance of correct installation can be assisted by utilising proper accessories on each warning device.

Installation Accessories Overview

Installation accessories exist to bring extra care to the warning devices when installed in mounting options. The material must pair with the warning beacon model to deliver the best setup.

These are a vital component of any warning signal that ensures safety in the area. They secure the main device in place even in areas affected by vibrations. As a result, warning signals could offer better operations in the workplace.

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Wall Mounting Brackets

This accessory is suitable for both beacons and sounder devices to be mounted on the wall. These right-angled brackets are made up of either UV-stabilised polycarbonate or stainless steel material, and secures warning devices parallel to the wall.

There are several options available, as the mounting brackets vary in size to correspond with the co-ordinated products. One of the available options is the MB15 Pivoting Bracket which allows warning signals to change in directions after installation. The added bolt holds and rotates the device if necessary.

Pole Mount

Mounting a beacon is necessary to provide better visibility, and pole mounts can be helpful for this application.

Its height ranges from 250mm to 1000mm which might be seen above any obstacles in the area. Viewing the beacon will be easier from a distance.

Pole mounts are coated in white or black to match your unit. They are out of metal to ensure durability.

Post Mount

The post mount is similar to pole mount but used in a different way. Installation of traffic light units could be better with a post mount, specifically for MIH and IPN units.

A traffic light is never limited to wall mounting with this accessory. It provides flexibility during the installation while placing the signal on a higher surface.

The F060 model is equipped with two straps at the back of the unit to secure the beacon, and is suitable for fixing to a 60mm diameter post, with safety in mind.

Cage Guards

These are installed for extra protection over a beacon, to minimise impact or possible damage. Cage guards can be used together with a wall mounting bracket to secure a single beacon.

They are manufactured from stainless steel, and vary in size, to correspond with the different sized products available.

Guards are ideal for industrial environments and in other applications.

Conclusion

Warning beacons promote safety in a numerous amount of different applications, which is why it is imperative that they are installed correctly. With the correct installation, the lifespan of the warning devices is prolonged, thus improving their performance. Installation accessories will also benefit the devices’ maintenance greatly. The cost of repairs and other expenses should be reduced in the future as a result.

Installation accessories are of course, an optional extra. They are extremely useful to ensure ease of fitting, and deliver extra caution in an area.

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Installation & Maintenance of Visual Warning Beacons

Installation & Maintenance of Visual Warning Beacons

 

 

Since warning signals are emerging as a necessity in the community, it is also essential to be sure about their installation as well as the proper way to maintain these devices.

When installing hazard warning beacons, they should be placed in the most effective spot. Doing so will let allow them to provide all-round light visibility. It will also help you to maintain the Ingress Protection or IP rating of the beacon – this is the measure of sealing effectiveness levels of electrical enclosures against intrusion, such as moisture, dirt, tools, and a whole lot more.

 

 

 

Installation of Visual Warning Beacons

Before installing any visual warning beacon, make sure that the mounting gasket provided is among the recommended models. A mounting gasket is such a fundamental component when it comes to visual warning beacon installation, but it serves a huge part in keeping the device fit and secure. It is a seal that is provided to ensure that there is no seepage of unwanted matter into the area.

Aside from that, you must also ensure that where an ‘O’ ring is provided, it is in perfect position between the base and dome. You should also place a suitable IP rated cable gland in areas where it is necessary.

Where possible, it is also best to avoid installing visual warning beacons in areas of excessive vibration. Some beacons are designed to withstand vibration more so than others, so this is something to take into account upon product selection.

Maintenance of Visual Warning Beacons

Xenon tubes are well known for their slow deterioration. But when the device fails, you can normally observe an erratic flashing before it shuts down. The moment that this happens the tube must be replaced immediately, otherwise, it may result in electrical circuit damage.

The beacon dome should be cleaned regularly to ensure its light output performance. Aside from the fact that cleaning it will remove the dirt it holds, it also helps to extinguish the heat that the beacon accumulates. But always remember that the use of petroleum-based cleaners is not safe when cleaning these devices. Find a suitable cleaning solution, and use a soft cloth to clean the dome.

But before anything else, always disconnect the visual warning signal or the beacon light from the electricity source before doing maintenance. You should also allow approximately 15 minutes to allow the unit to self-discharge before removing the dome. This is because high voltages of electricity will still linger on the PCB during this period.

Following these tips can help you to prolong the lifespan of most visual warning devices, as well as improving their performance as a provider of additional safety in the community and other areas where extra caution is essential..

Visual warning beacons serve a vital purpose in providing additional safety, which is why it is essential to follow the necessary installation and maintenance guidelines to ensure that they work day and night correctly and for a long time. Proper maintenance of beacons also helps to reduce the cost of repairing or replacing them in the future.

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techNOTE – Beacon Installation

techNOTE – Beacon Installation

The latest in our 2014 techNOTE series is published today aiming to help you select the very best product for your application.  The series unpacks some of the product differences across our range and outline the pros and cons of some of the individual options.

This techNOTE discusses installation and includes a worked example for calculating voltage drop in cables.  This techNOTE can be downloaded here.

All techNOTE articles will be available on our download page as they are published – be sure to check-back often!