Lyric Security System: Burglary Alarm Sounder Option
The burglary alarm sounder on the home security system is an audible and often times, piercing sound that emanates from the control panel when an intrusion or fire is detected.
With previous Honeywell systems there was only one way to disable the alarm sounder and that was to disconnect the wires through the back of the control panel. With the new Honeywell Lyric system, you can quiet, disable, or full audio the sounder through programming.
This video will show you how to enable, disable or quiet the burglary alarm sounder through your Lyric control panel.
To run these options, you first need to access the tools menu in programming using your installer code. Do not attempt to use your master code, as this will not allow the required access to the tools menu options.
From the tools menu, you will want to select Program and then the Sounder sub menu as the video will demonstrate for you.
We will cover the menu options in this sub menu in the video. The arm confirm option will alert you with a loud tone when you arm the system with the key fob. The Burglary Bell Timeout option will allow you to set how long the alarm sounder will ring for, in minute based duration.
The Burglary Alarm Sound option is new for the Lyric system. As our video will explain in detail, selecting this option to “No” will disable the alarm sounder speaker inside the control panel. In previous systems, setting this option to no did nothing and the panel would still alarm loudly.
You may want the alarm siren, especially to alert an intruder that your home is protected. However, there are instances when you may not want the location of the control panel known to an intruder through an audible alarm.
You may also need to test sensors or features that would normally sound the control panel alarm, and disabling it will allow you to run your tests without sounding the alarm from the control panel.
The simple toggle is all you need to do to disable the sounder alarm. Pressing once to toggle to no will deactivate the sounder and pressing a second time will toggle to yes, enabling the sounder alarm.
It is important to note that with the alarm sounder off the panel will still make an audible noise. However, as the video will demonstrate in detail, the alarm sounder does not alarm and only the voice feedback speaker will alarm.
This is a much quieter alarm, and will help prevent control panel location identification by an intruder, or to alleviate the piercing alarm while you run testing.
You can view other videos to learn more about the advanced features of the Honeywell Lyric Security System control panel by browsing our video library.
Sterling: Hi DIYers, Sterling with AlarmGrid here. And today, we're going to show you a great feature on the Honeywell Lyric that wasn't available on the Honeywell Lynx Touch, and that's the burglary alarm sounder option. All right? So, if we use our installer code programming, tools, 4112, we can get into programming. This system is not yet associated for any kind of monitoring services so, because Honeywell Lyric is really a system best used with alarm monitoring to an alarm net provider, it always wants to associate with an account. Just ignore these screens for this purposes. It has nothing to do with the video we're showing you here. Just because we haven't yet associated is why we're getting that prompts.
All right. Now that we're in programming, you'll notice the screen, if you're at all familiar with a Lynx Touch System, is very, very similar, a little bigger, so you have the fifth row without having to toggle down but sounder is an option. Within sounder, you have a couple options. How long will the sounder go into alarm mode when there's an alarm before it times out? Do you want the system to make a loud beep when you use your key fob so you know it's armed? That's the arm confirm.
This burglary alarm sound option is a new one, and I should say it's been there on the Lynx Touch, but it never really did anything. All right? Now, it's there and actually does something. On the Lynx Touch, if you've ever selected that, no, because you wanted the panel not to make a loud noise, whether it's because you're testing the system or because you've installed the system in a spot where you don't want an intruder to hear the siren and know where the system is, of course, the system supports advanced protection logic which will protect for that kind of break in, but if you're not monitored, maybe you wanted to protect it by turning the siren off.
On the Lynx Touch, there was no way to do it. All right? This burglary alarm sound, even set to no, it made a similar sound, slightly different pitch and tone, but still a very loud siren, so it was a confusing feature. A lot of people thought and assumed, even we did when we first got the Lynx Touches many years ago, that by selecting that to be no, you're saying, "Don't have the alarm go off." I don't know if it was a bad feature on the Lynx Touch or a thing they reworked because there was some confusion, but now, on the Lyric, when you select this to no and save it and exit to the home screen, aside from any volume selection, which we've shown you in another video is selectable by here, and that only affects the voice and the feedback tones and the chimes, that burglary alarm sound literally turns off the internal siren for the system.
On the Lynx Touch, the only way to do it was to disconnect the physical siren internally in the panel, and then you would lose the voice and the chime and all the rest. With the Lyric, you actually can turn off the internal sounder and still have it give you the feedback, the button presses, and the voice enunciations. However, when you put it in to a full alarm mode, you don't hear the loud piercing siren, you hear a more limited siren, and we're going to show that. So we put it into a panic mode. This is inaudible alarm panic. You can hear how quiet that is. That's because we have a burglary alarm sounder turned to no or set to no. If we disarm...
Machine: Disarmed, not ready to arm. Check system.
Sterling: You can hear, panel still speaking to us. Still giving us feedback. If we were to hold the panic button and set off the fire alarm, you can hear, instead of the steady burglary sounder, you have the temporal pulse three, which is the industry sounder for fire The beep, beep, beep with a pause and then a repeat, but you can hear again that is very very quiet.
Machine: Fire alarm. Fire emergency.
Sterling: When disarming.
Machine: Disarmed. Not ready to arm.
Sterling: If we jump back into programming... We have to disarm. See this alarm cancel message at the top? We have to hit the home button twice.
Machine: Disarmed. Ready to arm.
Sterling: Do one more disarm which will clear the latched alarm cancel messages, and now we can access tools. When we do 4112 and we click save, we acknowledge the alarm net 360 side, what we're going to do is go back in, re-enable the burglary alarm sounder which turns the internal siren back on, and we'll go ahead and set off those two panics one more time so you can hear the difference. Now, we select it to yes, make sure to save it. Again, through sounder level of programming. Now, if we press and hold the panic, we'll do the local alarm first. Much louder. Disarm?
Machine: Disarmed. Not ready to arm. Check system.
Sterling: Disarm twice to clear it.
Machine: Ready to arm. Check system.
Sterling: If we try again on the fire, temporal pulsing but still very loud. Disarm twice.
Machine: Ready to arm. Check system.
Sterling: Which clears our alarm cancel message, and that shows you how, whether it's for testing purposes, if you're doing your full installation and you want to go around and activate your zones and you don't want to scare your neighbors or have everyone in the house have to deal with that sounder, you can temporarily turn it off, or if you have any reason to feel like you want to hide the panel and not have it go into that full loud alarm noise instead of having to internally disconnect anything like you would on the Lynx Touch, the Lyric actually lets you programmatically change that through the sounder, burglary alarm sound option.
We hope that's a helpful feature. We certainly think it's an improvement over the Lynx Touch and we get that question a lot on the Lynx Touch is, "How do I turn my siren off?" It used to be, "Well, there's this kind of funny feature that you would think does it but doesn't actually do it." Now, that funny feature has been turned into a true feature that actually turns off the internal sounder. We think that's a big improvement on the Honeywell Lyric and a great job by Honeywell to give some added functionality that whether you're testing or hiding the panel would be a really good feature to use.
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