Lyric Security System: Clean the Screen

Keeping your Lyric Security System running at peak performance includes regular maintenance such as keeping the panel’s screen free from smudges.


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This video will explain the procedure for cleaning your Controller screen. To keep your Lyric Security System running at peak performance, regular maintenance including keeping the panel’s screen free from smudges and fingerprints is essential.

Part of the reason it’s necessary is because of the unit’s capacitive touchscreen panel. It is a newer technology that evolved from the older resistive ones you’ll still see in certain applications such as restaurant and some gaming systems like Wii U.

You can use a stylus with resistive screens because of its construction of layered panels. That means you can press down on it even when wearing gloves. It has the advantage of being resistant to liquids that may damage the unit.
However, they’re not the ideal choice for a security system because of the risk of damage and the low contrast. That’s why your DIY security system comes with a capacitive touchscreen on the Controller instead.

You needn’t search for a stylus to use the control panel. It’s highly responsive with just your finger, making for a better user experience. You can easily navigate through several menus and options with a quick touch or swipe. But that also means it’ll get smudged faster from the oils in your hands.

Using the Cleaning function is the best way to do maintenance on the screen without worrying about making accidental changes to your system settings. The button that activates this mode is on the same screen as the Brightness/Volume controls. Separate videos will explain the process if you need to make adjustments to these settings.

You shouldn’t use clothing or paper towels on your touchscreen because these materials might scratch the thinner panel of this type of display. Instead, you should use a soft cloth such as you’d use to clean a camera lens or eyeglasses.
A microfiber towel is an excellent option too. The density of the fibers will clean the surface efficiently without damaging it. You shouldn’t use any liquids on the screen. Fortunately, a microfiber cloth cleans best when it is only slightly damp.

It’s best to clean the screen when the security system is disarmed. Our video on arming and disarming your system will show you how to deactivate it. However, some triggers and notifications will cancel the cleaning function immediately even if you have disarmed the unit.

When the security system isn’t activated, only certain alerts such as CO or smoke detectors will also return the Controller to normal operation.
We recommend cleaning the touchscreen at least weekly for optimal viewing. Remember, seconds can have a significant effect during an emergency situation. However, you can use the clean mode more often if you choose. Be sure that you use a clean, soft cloth each time you perform routine maintenance.


Transcript

Hi DIY-ers, Sterling with Alarm Grid here, and today we're going to show you how to clean the screen on your Honeywell Lyric Security System.

So, this Honeywell Lyric screen is actually a capacitive screen, as opposed to a resistive screen. All touch screens are either resistive or capacitive for the the most part. And capacitive is actually the older technology, but resistive was the way that the older smartphones and tablets worked. And it actually looked for, you know, an actual pressure point on the screen, and that's why styluses work, or pen caps and different things will work on a resistive screen.

Okay, on a capacitive screen it's actually using the conductive nature of a human body to detect the point of interaction to the screen, and it works for multi-touch points. It's a more advanced technology, but the one drawback is you can't press with a stylus any more. You need human touch, all right. So that's a big difference in this screen compared to the Lynx touch panel, and all new iPads and iPhones are capacitive so this is the better technology, and makes for a better user interface so...

Because you'll be touching this screen with your fingers over time you may get smudges or fingerprints that you want to clean off, and you know you can gently wipe it, but you'll be hitting buttons potentially. So the real way to clean it is to hit from the home screen... I'm sorry, from the home screen it's hitting settings, and you have the button right here, the magic clean button. And all it really does is tell you use a damp soft cloth, and the touch screen is completely disabled for 15 seconds. So if you got the right kind of cloth, you want to make sure you don't scratch your screen with a paper towel, or a shirt which has rougher fibers. But if you have a nice clean damp cloth you would just wipe it in that clean mode. And when you're done, you just exit out and you'd have a brand new clean screen.

So it's a nice way to easily clean it, and depending on how nice you need your screen to look, you may do that frequently or you know, maybe that's just a weekly thing, but... Even show your cleaning lady how they can do that. They've got the right products, the right nice, you know, soft cloth, so that's something you can have them do when they're there to clean the house. So that's how you clean your Lyric touch screen on your Honeywell Lyric security system. We hope you've enjoyed that brief easy video, and if you have any questions on cleaning your Honeywell Lyric, please email support@alarmgrid.com and also make sure to subscribe to our channel, as we'll be releasing a lot more videos about this new revolutionary Honeywell Lyric security system.


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