UL 1638
Visible Signaling Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories

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Edition Number:5SCC Approved:--
Edition Date:2016-01-28DOD Approved: --
Price Code:BANSI Approved: 2017-09-06
Type:ululc

  • SCOPE

    1 Scope

    1.1 This standard applies to visual signaling devices intended for indoor and/or outdoor installation:

    a)    In Canada, in accordance with CSA C22.1,  Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations; and with CAN/ULC S524,  Standard for Installation of Fire Alarm Systems. Refer to CAN/ULC S525 ,  Audible Signaling Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories, CAN/ULC-S541,  Speakers for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories, for requirements pertaining to audible devices and speakers.

    b)    In the United States in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA 72.

    1.2 These requirements cover visible signal devices for use in ordinary (non-hazardous) indoor locations and outdoor locations. This includes:

    a)    Flashing visual devices used for fire alarm or emergency signaling in both public mode and private mode as defined in the glossary

    b)    Emergency warning used to notify occupants that an emergency exists.

    c)    Informative type visual signaling devices connected to or controlled by fire alarm or other emergency signaling system equipment, or both.

    1.3 This standard also applies to protective covers and accessories used with visible signals.

    1.4 This standard does not apply to visual signaling devices not intended for emergency signaling applications and intended for operation on Class 2 signal circuits as defined in

    a)    In Canada, CSA C22.1,  Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations,

    b)    In the United States, the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.

    1.5 Visible signaling devices for use in hazardous or corrosive locations shall comply with the requirements of this Standard and the applicable requirements of:

    a)    In Canada, CSA C22.1,  Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations, with respect to the location hazard.

    b)    In the United States, the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.

    Note: In the United States, general signaling appliances are covered by UL 464A.

    1.6 A supplementary audible signal, incorporated as part of a visible signaling device which is intended for fire alarm application shall comply with the requirements of this Standard and the applicable requirements of:

    a)    In Canada, CAN/ULC-S525,  Audible Signaling Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories, and CAN/ULC-S541,  Speakers for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories,

    b)    In the United States, Standard for Audible Signal Appliances for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories, UL 464, and Standard for Speakers for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories, UL 1480.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    • Cover
    • Transmittal
    • UL Harmonized Standard Title Page
    • Table of Contents
      • Visible Signaling Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Including Accessories
        • Section
          • 1 Scope
          • 2 General
            • 2.1 Components
            • 2.2 Units of Measurement
            • 2.3 Control Unit Interface
            • 2.4 Reference Publications
          • 3 Glossary
          • 4 Instructions and Drawings
          • 5 Construction
            • 5.1 General
            • 5.2 Enclosures
            • 5.3 Corrosion protection
            • 5.4 Field wiring connections
            • 5.5 Internal wiring
            • 5.6 Bonding for grounding
            • 5.7 Components – Electrical
            • 5.8 Spacings
          • 6 Marking
          • 7 Performance Tests
            • 7.1 General
            • 7.2 Input test
            • 7.3 Measurement of effective luminous intensity (light output)
            • 7.4 Reserved
            • 7.5 Temperature rise
            • 7.6 Dielectric voltage-withstand
            • 7.7 Endurance
            • 7.8 Variable ambient temperature
            • 7.9 Humidity
            • 7.10 Abnormal operation and burnout test
            • 7.10A Abnormal operation and burnout test
            • 7.11 Component stress
            • 7.12 Jarring
            • 7.13 Vibration
            • 7.14 Strain relief
            • 7.15 Accelerated corrosion tests
            • 7.16 Water spray
            • 7.17 Polarity reversal
            • 7.18 Electric shock current
            • 7.19 Tests on polymeric (plastic) materials
            • 7.20 Mechanical strength tests for enclosures
            • 7.21 Interference from radio frequency and electromagnetic radiation
            • 7.22 Marking permanence
            • 7.23 Evaluation of conformal coatings on printed wiring boards
            • 7.24 Gasket materials test
            • 7.25 Locked rotor test
          • 8 Reserved
          • 9 Manufacturing and Production Tests
            • 9.1 General
            • 9.2 Production-line dielectric voltage-withstand
            • 9.3 Production-line grounding-continuity test for AC mains-voltage, cord-connected products
          • 10 Requirements for Protective Covers and Accessories for Visible Signaling Devices
            • 10.1 General
            • 10.2 Installation instructions
            • 10.3 Construction requirements
            • 10.4 Markings
            • 10.5 Performance tests
        • Section
          • TABLES Tables
        • Section
          • FIGURES Figures
    • Annex A (Informative) – Standards for Components
    • Annex B (Informative) – Test Sample Sequence
    • Annex C (Normative) – French Translations of Required Markings
    • Annex D (Informative) – French Translations of Markings