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    this is balcony ceilling fixtures. the bigger is light. I am not sure the smaller is fire suppression of other. Anybody have seen this? there is a gas grill on this town home balcony.

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    Could it be a strobe light instead of an audible fire alarm?

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    Thank you


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    It is a strobe light of an alarm system.
    Not necessarily for a fire alarm though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    It is a strobe light of an alarm system.
    Not necessarily for a fire alarm though.
    It might have been required for a hearing impaired person.


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    "It might have been required for a hearing impaired person."

    If so, it should be located inside the house.

    A strobe light's function is to give a visual alert of an alarm.
    Also, audio alarms (sirens) are required (in most areas) to turn off in 20 minutes or less, while a strobe can continue to notify of an alarm.
    Having a strobe light helps the police/ fire personal and neighbors locate which house had an alarm faster and lets the homeowners know that an alarm has occured, even after the siren has stopped.

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    Might be tied to the phone for a hearing impaired person.


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    Hearing impaired tty or telephone indicators are not strobed, not allowed to be, they flash. Emergency signals are strobbed.

    Strobbed indicators on balconies and emergency lighting tied into smoke/fire system are common on Highrise structures. For fire fighters to identify source/zone triggering, etc. Suspect this balcony building with more than 3 floors above grade.

    Although, might be a private emergency indicator system with strobe(s) for someone hearing impared, or more likely profoundly deaf, but sighted. (generally such is also interfaced with a vibrator pad or rumbler pack signal) for sleeping areas.


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