Wired Alarm Sirens Frequently Asked Questions

Which Wires Do I Use for My Siren?
A dual-tone siren will have three (3) wires, but you only use two (2) of them when connecting the siren. The other is left disconnected. Learn which wires to use for a siren.
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How Do I Add a Siren to My Honeywell VISTA Alarm System?
A wired siren will use terminals 3 and 4 on a VISTA Panel. No extra equipment is needed, as long as you do not exceed the Alarm Output. Learn how to add a siren to your VISTA.
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How Loud Should My Siren Be?
When installing a new system, you should make sure that the siren can be heard throughout the premises. Most sirens are at least 85 decibels. Learn about alarm system sirens.
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How Do I Add a Siren to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Using the Hardwire 16-F?
The Qolsys Hardwire 16-F acts as a wireless relay between the wired siren and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 System. Learn how to add a wired siren to the IQ2 through the Hardwire 16-F.
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How Do I Add a Wired Siren to a Honeywell LYNX Touch Using the LYNX-WEXT Kit?
A wired siren can be added to a LYNX Touch. The LYNX-WEXT Kit includes everything you need, minus the wired siren. Learn to add a wired siren to a LYNX Touch with a LYNX-WEXT Kit.
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How Do I Add a Siren to the IQ Panel 2 Using the Hardwire 16 and 16-S?
The Qolsys Hardwire 16 and Hardwire 16-S have a 12VDC, 500 mA output that can be used to power a siren. This output can be used in conjunction with the panel's external siren trigger. Though the HW16/16-S can provide 500 mA of current, the panel's output is limited to 300 mA. Read on to learn more.
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Can I Add a Wired Siren to the Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
A wired siren can be added to a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 system. The device connects to the siren outputs on the back of the IQ Panel 2. The siren is powered using any 12VDC plug-in transformer. Once installed, it will function automatically. Learn more about using a wired siren with an IQ Panel 2.
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Which Siren is Compatible w/ a Qolsys IQ Panel 2?
The IQ Panel 2 comes included with a built-in 85dB sounder. Those who want a louder sounder will need to purchase a separate siren. The 105 dB IQ Siren is generally the easiest option for upgrading the sounder on the IQ Panel 2. Learn more about using external sirens with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2.
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How Do I Add a Honeywell Siren to a 2GIG GC3?
The 2GIG GC3 panel can have a Honeywell hard-wired siren installed directly to its circuit board. A siren can also be connected through a hard-wired relay.
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How Many Decibels Does a Honeywell 702 Siren Output?
At 12 Volts DC, the 702 siren emits a 118 dB sound. 110 dB is considered the average human pain threshold for perceived sound. Keep reading to learn more!
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