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Comparison between a conventional smoke alarm and the Kidde Silhouette smoke alarm.

About Silhouette

When installed, Silhouette protrudes less than half an inch from the ceiling, and blends in effortlessly with its surroundings. It contains a sealed, rechargeable battery that lasts the life of the alarm, meaning homeowners never have to replace a battery. While homeowners will enjoy the low-maintenance and look of Silhouette, the builder will benefit from an easy installation and fewer callbacks. This UL-approved, hardwired alarm is a distinctive home feature that will serve as an exceptional upgrade option for remodels and new construction. If you are interested in becoming a Silhouette Distributor please Contact Us. For more information, download the Data Sheet. Kidde Silhouette smoke alarm vs the conventional smoke alarm

FAQ's for Consumers

Q: How is the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm different from other smoke alarms? A: Silhouette is an innovative, low-profile smoke alarm from Kidde with a sleek, new design.  Its unique, square shape protrudes less than half an inch from the ceiling, allowing it to effortlessly blend in with its surroundings.  Silhouette marks the first dramatic evolution of smoke alarm design since their creation in 1967. Q: Does the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm detect fire the way other smoke alarms will? A: Silhouette’s Low-Profile alarm uses the same trusted, high-quality technology as Kidde’s other ionization smoke alarms. The encasement containing the alarm’s sensor and other components fits into the electrical box that houses the alarms’ wiring, which allows only the face plate to protrude from the ceiling. Like all Kidde smoke alarms, the Silhouette Low-Profile alarm has the approval of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent third-party testing laboratory that issues the standard to which smoke alarms are listed. Q: How is the Silhouette Low-Profile Alarm powered? A: This alarm runs off the home’s electricity, and contains a rechargeable battery for backup power during power outages. This alarm will link with other alarms to create an interconnected system so that when one alarm sounds, all of the alarms sound, offering an earlier warning throughout the home. Today’s building codes usually require that newly constructed homes have hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery backup. Q: How often do I need to replace the battery? A: Never. The Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm contains a rechargeable lithium battery that is sealed inside the unit. If the battery drains due to a power outage, it will recharge automatically once a home’s electricity is restored. The battery lasts for the lifetime of the alarm. Fire experts recommend replacing smoke alarms every ten years. Q: If all of my alarms sound, how will I or the fire department know which unit initiated the response? A: Silhouette Low-Profile smoke alarms are equipped with an initiating alarm memory. The smoke alarm that first detects the hazard will have a flashing green LED as well as sounding an alarm. The other smoke alarms triggered by the initiating alarm will also sound, but will not have a red flashing LED. Q: Is there a way to hush nuisance alarms, such as when I burn toast in the kitchen? A: The Silhouette Low-Profile smoke alarm has a “Smart Touch” button that will quickly silence the smoke alarm system regardless of where a nuisance condition occurs. The system will stay hushed temporarily for about seven minutes. This button will also test the operation of the alarm and interconnected system. Kidde recommends that you test your smoke alarms monthly. Q: What is the lifespan of the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm? A: This smoke alarm has a limited 10 year warranty. Fire experts recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. A: Yes, the alarm is listed to the UL217 smoke alarm standard. AVAILABILITY Q: When will the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm be available? A: Spring of 2008. Contact your builder, general contractor or local electrical distributor for details about installing it in your new or remodeled home. For more information, visit www.kidde.com. Q: Are there plans for any other products in the Silhouette line? A: Yes. The Silhouette Low-Profile Carbon Monoxide alarm is slated to be available in Fall 2008.

FAQ's for Builders


PRODUCT INNOVATION Q: How is the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm different from other smoke alarms? A: Silhouette is an innovative, low-profile smoke alarm from Kidde with a sleek, new design. Its unique, square shape protrudes half an inch from the ceiling, allowing it to effortlessly blend in with its surroundings. Silhouette marks the first dramatic evolution of smoke alarm design since their creation in 1967. Q. Besides aesthetics, what other features set this alarm apart? A. A big differentiation beyond the unique design is that the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm contains a rechargeable lithium battery sealed inside the unit. The battery will recharge automatically via the home’s electricity, which may cut down on callbacks, and will last for the lifetime of the alarm. This alarm is warranted for ten years. Kidde Silhouette Smoke Alarm Installed INSTALLATION Q: Is the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm easy to install? A: Yes. The pre-stripped wiring harness with easy off cap does not require a stripper tool, while tinned strands increase conductivity and wire nut grip. Q: Will the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm fit in a standard electrical box? A: Silhouette’s Low-Profile smoke alarm fits in most common round, square and octagon electrical boxes with a 3 ½” hole spacing, and a depth in excess of 2 1/8”. It will also fit in a double gang electrical box. The alarm’s unique design enables the encasement containing the sensor and other components to fit into the electrical box, and will displace 7.5 cubic inches. Only the alarm’s face plate protrudes from the ceiling. Q: Does the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm need to be wired differently than other alarms? A: No. As with most smoke alarms, the multiple station interconnect wiring must be in the same raceway as the AC power wiring. In addition, the resistance of the interconnect wiring should be a maximum of 10 ohms. Make sure all alarms are wired to a single, continuous (non-switched) power line, which is not protected by a ground fault interrupter. A maximum of 1000 ft. of wire can be used in the interconnect system. Use standard UL listed household wire as required by code. Q: Is the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm UL-Listed? A: Yes, the alarm is listed to the UL217 smoke alarm standard. Q: How often will the battery need to be replaced? A: Never. The battery is sealed inside the alarm, and will last the life of the alarm. Fire experts recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. Q. How will the alarm alert the user that is has reached the end of its life? A: At the end of the unit’s life, it will chirp every 30 seconds. Q: Will the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm interconnect with other alarms? A: Silhouette’s Low-Profile Smoke Alarm will interconnect to a system containing a maximum of 18 Kidde devices, 12 of which can be smoke alarms. FEATURES & TECHNOLOGY Q. What type of sensor technology does this unit contain? A. The Silhouette Low-Profile smoke alarm currently contains an ionization smoke sensor. Ionization smoke alarms work by detecting changes in voltage that are caused when small particles enter the sensing chamber. These small particles are plentiful in flame producing fires, such as those started in the kitchen. Most home fires in America begin in the kitchen, and cooking fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries. Q: If the alarm sounds, how do I know which unit initiated the alarm? A: Silhouette Low-Profile smoke alarms are equipped with an initiating alarm memory. The smoke alarm that detects the hazard and initiates the response will have a flashing green LED. The other smoke alarms triggered by the initiating alarm will also sound, but will not have a flashing LED. Q: What other key features does this alarm have? A: The Silhouette Low-Profile smoke alarm has a Smart Touch button that will handle several key activities. One touch will quickly and temporarily silence nuisance alarms activated by any alarm in the system, or will test the operation of the alarm and interconnected system. Q: What is the lifespan of the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm? A: The product is warranted for 10 years. AVAILABILITY Q: When will the Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm be available? A: It will be available for sale at your local electrical distributor in spring 2008. For information, visit www.kidde.com. Q: Are there plans for any other products in the Silhouette line? A: Yes. The Silhouette Low-Profile Carbon Monoxide alarm is slated to be available in fall 2008. If you are interested in becoming a distributor Contact us For more information, download the Data Sheet.