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UL 1971 COMPLIANT
SPEAKER AND SPEAKER/STROBE
SPKE4*.................. SQUARE SPEAKER
SPKE4*.................. SQUARE SPEAKER WITH 24 VDC STROBE
SPKE8*.................. 8 IN. ROUND SPEAKER
SPKE8*.................. 8 IN. ROUND SPEAKER WITH 24 VDC STROBE
* Includes any of the following suffixes, number indicating candela rating, R (Red) or
W (Off-White), W (Wall) or C (Ceiling).
The Gentex SPKE Series is a high quality speaker and speaker/visual signal appliance. The
SPKE Series is UL Listed for fire protective service. The high intensity strobe utilizes a Xenon
flash tube which generates a high-intensity light visible from all sides. The strobe is UL Listed in
compliance with UL 1971, Signaling Appliances for the Hearing Impaired (15/75 Cd and 30/75 Cd
models are additionally listed in compliance with UL 1638).
II. PRODUCT INFORMATION
The SPKE Series speaker and speaker/strobe offer a choice of field selectable power taps, 1/8,
1/4, 1/2, 1, 2 and 4 Watts for either 25v or 70.7v audio amplifiers. The speaker/strobe offers the
option of a high intensity strobe which complies with UL 1971. The frequency range of the
speakers is 400-4000Hz. All devices are suitable for line supervision. Speaker includes DC
blocking capacitor which allows for supervision voltage of either polarity.
This appliance is intended for use in Fire Alarm Systems and is to be installed in accordance with
this installation manual, the recommendation of the local authorities having jurisdiction, and other
NFPA Standards that provide standards on notification appliances for protective signaling
The Gentex "SPKE" is intended for indoor installation only. This appliance is not weatherproofed
for outdoor or drip proof applications.
Wall-mounted appliances shall have their bottoms at heights above the finished floor of not less
than 80 in. (2m) and no greater than 96 in. (2.4m)**. Spacing shall be in accordance with Table A.
If a room configuration is not square, the room size that will entirely encompass the room or
subdivide the room into multiple squares shall be used.
Minimum Required Light Output, Candela (Cd)
Two Lights per
per Room (Cd)
per Wall) (Cd)
20' x 20'
30' x 30'
40' x 40'
50' x 50'
60' x 60'
70' x 70'
80' x 80'
90' x 90'
100' x 100'
110' x 110'
120' x 120'
130' x 130'
- Must be used with the AVS44 Control Module due to distance between strobes being less than 55ft.
VII. ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
SPEAKERS dBA @ 10 FEET
PER UL 1480
STROBE CURRENT RATINGS
15*& 30 (wall) 24V
15*(ceiling) & 60 (wall) 24V
30*(wall) & (ceiling) 24V
SYNCHRONIZED STROBE RATINGS
15 (Z suffix) 24V
15* (Z suffix) 24V
*-RATED 75 Cd PER UL 1638, FIRE PROTECTIVE VISUAL SIGNALING APPLIANCES.
For a period of 24 months from the date of purchase, or a
maximum of 30 months from the date of manufacture, Gentex
warrants to you, the original purchaser, that your appliance will be free
from defects in workmanship, materials, and construction under
normal use and service. If a defect in workmanship, materials, or
construction should cause your appliance to become inoperable within
the warranty period, Gentex will repair your appliance or furnish you
with a new or rebuilt replacement appliance without charge to you
except for postage required to return the appliance to us. Gentex will
not reimburse you for repairs or replacement parts provided by other
parties. Your repaired or replacement appliance will be returned to you
free of charge and it will be covered under this warranty for the balance
of the warranty period.
This warranty is void if our inspection of your appliance shows that
the damage or failure was caused by abuse, misuse, abnormal usage,
faulty installation, improper maintenance, or repairs other than those
performed by us.
ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED UNDER ANY STATE LAW,
INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, APPLY ONLY FOR THE
WARRANTY PERIOD SPECIFIED ABOVE. PLEASE NOTE THAT
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN
IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU.
GENTEX WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE,
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND
ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE, USE OR REPAIR OF
THIS APPLIANCE. THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF GENTEX SHALL
NOT IN ANY CASE EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY
YOU FOR THE APPLIANCE. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME STATES
DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE
EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
If a defect in workmanship, materials, or construction should
cause your appliance to become inoperable within the warranty
period, you must return the appliance to Gentex postage prepaid.
You must also prove to the satisfaction of Gentex the date of
purchase of your appliance. Warranty service may only be
performed by Gentex personnel at Gentex's facilities in Zeeland,
Michigan. You must also pack the appliance to minimize the risk of it
being damaged in transit. You must also enclose a return address.
Appliances returned for warranty service should be sent to: Gentex
Corporation, 10985 Chicago Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464. If we
receive an appliance in a damaged condition as the result of
shipping, we will notify you and you must file a claim with the shipper.
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND
YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM
STATE TO STATE.
10985 CHICAGO DRIVE, ZEELAND, MI 49464
INPUT 25v RMS
INPUT 70.7v RMS
**Effective Intensity Requirements for Sleeping Area
Visible Notification Appliance
Distance from Ceiling to Top of Lens
greater than or equal to 24"
less than 24"
IV. MOUNTING ROUGH-IN BOX AND RUN WIRING
All models shown with optional strobe.
1. To select the proper wattage input for the speaker. Move the jumper to the appropriate pin.
Refer to Section VII for the proper terminal.
2. Always maintain electrical isolation between speaker and strobe wiring on combination units.
3. Do not exceed 130% of rated speaker voltage. If excessive distortion is heard, check
amplifier for signal clipping. If clipping exists, reduce either amplifier input or gain.
4. When extension rings are used, the conduit should always enter through the backbox.
WHEN INSTALLING, ROUTE FIELD WIRING AWAY FROM SHARP
PROJECTIONS, CORNERS AND INTERNAL COMPONENTS.
NOTE: Strobes are not recommended for use on coded or pulsing signaling circuits.
PANEL VOLTAGE - DEVICE MINIMUM VOLTAGE
TOTAL CURRENT DRAW
* INCLUDES WIRE TO AND FROM APPLIANCE.
ASSUMES ALL APPLIANCES ARE AT THE END OF WIRE RUN (WORST CASE).
CAUTION: APPLIES ONLY TO REGULATED SUPPLIES.
V. CHECKOUT AND TROUBLESHOOTING
1. Supply power to the system control panel. The auxiliary signaling device should not be
2. If the signal is activated:
a. Check all smoke and fire detectors in the system to make sure they have not been
b. Check all wiring connections to make sure the signal detection circuits are not reversed or
shorted together. Check wire color codes and traces.
3. To test the "SPKE" series and other signaling appliances, trip the auxiliary panel or activate
alarm circuit at the main control panel or activate one of the fire detection units in the system.
All auxiliary signals should be activated.
4. An operational test on this product should be conducted in accordance with National Standards
or at a minimum annually and more often if dictated by local and state codes or authorities
SIGNALING APPLIANCE LIMITATIONS:
Your speaker meets or exceeds current audibility requirements of Underwriters Laboratories.
However, if the appliance is located outside a bedroom it may not wake up a sound sleeper,
especially if the room door is closed or only partially open.
THIS APPLIANCE WILL NOT OPERATE WITHOUT ELECTRICAL POWER. AS
FIRES FREQUENTLY CAUSE POWER INTERRUPTIONS, GENTEX SUGGESTS
YOU DISCUSS FURTHER SAFEGUARDS WITH YOUR LOCAL FIRE
VI. TO RETURN A UNIT
Should you experience problems with your "SPKE" unit, proceed as follows:
1. Turn off electrical power to the auxiliary alarm circuit.
2. Unscrew the unit from the mounting box.
3. Disconnect the unit from the field wiring. Reconnect the two positive supply voltage circuits
(red wires) and the two negative supply voltage circuits (black wires) of the auxiliary alarm
circuit to maintain power to the other auxiliary alarm appliances in the system.
4. Carefully pack the defective unit (the manufacturer cannot be responsible for consequential
damage due to shipping or mishandling). Include your return address and complete details as
to the nature of the difficulties being experienced and date of installation.
5. Return to: Gentex Corporation, 10985 Chicago Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464. Prior to returning,
call Gentex @ 1-800-436-8391 to obtain an RMA number from our return department.
NOTE: DO NOT USE
LOOPED WIRE UNDER
TERMINALS. BREAK WIRE
RUN TO PROVIDE
*MAX. WIRE DISTANCE (IN FEET) =
X WIRE CONDUCTIVITY (STROBE ONLY)