What is the Best Smoke Detector for a Honeywell Security System?

The best smoke detector for a Honeywell Security System is the Honeywell 5808W3 Smoke and Heat Detector. The device can be used with any panel that is able to connect with Honeywell 5800 Series devices, and it offers great functionality. Also, it can be easily programmed by most end users.


The 5808W3 is a photoelectric smoke detector with a built-in heat sensor that will trigger upon detecting smoke, as well as when a temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is detected. The device can be readily programmed with any Lynx Panel, as well as the Lyric Controller. However, a Vista System will require a wireless receiver to connect with the 5808W3. Many users choose to use a 6160RF Keypad for this purpose, as it will also serve as a programming keypad for the Vista Panel.

Complete the following steps to program a Honeywell 5808W3 Smoke and Heat Detector to a Lynx Touch or Lyric Controller:

1. Activate the sensor. Open up the back of the 5808W3, and pull the battery tab to power on the sensor. This can also be done by taking out the battery for the device and then reinserting it.

2. Access zone programming. From the home screen of your Lynx Touch or Lyric, go to Security > More (if using Lynx Touch) > Tools > enter Installer Code (default is 4112) > Program > Zones. You will now be in zone programming.

3. Learn-in the sensor. Click on an available zone to highlight it. Then select "Edit" at the bottom of the screen. Select the "Serial Number" field. Your system will enter into learn mode. The 5808W3 serial number can be learned in, and the smoke should be off the base when doing so. If the 5808W3 is on the base, twist counter-clockwise a quarter turn, then remove it. There is a recessed test switch, accessed using a paper clip or a tooth pick, on the smoke head. Looking at the green and red LED's as if they were 12:00 o'clock, the test switch is located at 3:00 o'clock. Press the test switch for about 5 seconds, then release. Wait a few seconds, then repeat twice more to learn the serial number in.

You can also manually enter in the serial number. The 7-digit serial number can be found on the back of the device, underneath the back cover, near where the battery is located. The sticker will feature the 7-digit serial number, along with a bar code. Carefully enter in the serial number using the keypad on the screen, and then select "Done" in the bottom-right corner of the screen when you are finished. You can then close the back cover of the device by lining it up, then twisting clockwise until it snaps into place.

4. Adjust the settings. Make the following selections to properly configure the 5808W3:

  • Loop Number: Set to Loop 1.
  • Zone Descriptors: Used to name the device.
  • Device Type: Choose "Smoke Detector".
  • Response Type: Choose "Fire With Verification" if you want to require the sensor to be triggered twice in order for a signal to be sent from the panel to the central station. This can be a good option for reducing false alarms, but it will slow down the response time. If you choose "Fire No Verification", the panel will immediately send a signal to the central station upon the first activation of the smoke alarm. If you have pre-dispatch phone call verification set up with the monitoring station, we usually recommend choosing "Fire No Verification".
  • Alarm Report: Set to "Yes" so that the central station will be notified when the device is triggered.
  • Supervision: Set to "Supervised" so that the panel will listen for check-in signals from the device, and notify you if it fails to receive them.

Select "Save" in the bottom-right corner of the screen when you have finished adjusting the settings. Then, press the return arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen until you return to the home screen. Remember to select "Yes" when the system asks you if you want to allow the installer to reenter programming.

5. Test the device. Activate the tamper of the 5808W3 by removing its back cover. If the device was programmed properly, a tamper trouble message should be displayed on the panel. You can clear this trouble by reattaching the back cover and then disarming the panel twice using any valid user code or the Master Code.

The video below will show you how to program the 5808W3 to a Lynx Touch panel:


The video below will show you how to program the 5808W3 to a Lyric Controller.


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