Key Features

  • Suitable for Zone 2 applications
  • Absolute smoke detection
  • Wide sensitivity range
  • Single pipe inlet
  • IP54 rated stainless steel enclosure


This product has been discontinued and further information can be found here. Please contact Eurofyre for further information, spare parts, servicing and training.

VESDA VLC-EX (LaserCOMPACT) detectors have been designed to provide all the benefits of aspirating smoke detection, including very early warning, for the protection of hazardous applications with Zone 2 classification. The VLC-EX combines a modified aspirator design with well-proven VESDA VLP detection technology and incorporates them into a stainless steel enclosure with an IP54 rating.

The detector’s stainless steel housing has two parts: the main enclosure and the front cover. The main enclosure contains all the key components of the detector, keeping all the non-serviceable components such as the main processor board and the detection chamber mounted away from the general access area to protect them during installation and servicing processes.

The front cover has 5 LEDs, to indicate Fire, Pre-Alarm/Alert, Fault, OK, Reset/Isolate, as well as a Reset/Isolate push button.


There are two versions of the VLC-EX detector available; one that interfaces via relays only (RO) and one that interfaces via relays and VESDAnet (VN).

The VN version of the detector is compatible with the remote Display module. The remote Display module has 7 remote relays to support any combination of signalling required by the application and allows the current status of the detector to be reported to the most suitable location. This version allows multiple detectors to be linked together on VESDAnet and allows one detector to act as a reference detector for other VESDA detectors.

How it Works

A highly efficient aspirator continually draws air into a central detector via a network of sampling pipe. The air passes through a flow sensor before a sample is passed through a dual-stage filter. The first stage removes dust and dirt from the sample of air before it enters the detection chamber. The second, ultra-fine stage, supplies the chamber with a clean air supply to provide clean air barriers to protect the optical surfaces from contamination. The exhausted air is returned to the protected area via a fitted exhaust pipe.

In the detection chamber, a stable, highly efficient laser light source and unique sensor configuration are used to provide the optimum response to a variety of smoke types. As smoke passes through the chamber, it creates light scatter which is picked up by very sensitive sensor circuitry.

All alarms, service faults, fault events and the status of the detector are monitored and logged with time and date stamps. Status reports can be transmitted across the VESDAnet communications network (VN only) or via simple relay connections.

The entire installation must be made within a Zone 2 area. Aspiration from a Zone 2 area into a safe area is not permitted. The area should be relatively clean with little or no dust present and an inline, metal filter should be installed.

Other Features

  • Referencing
  • VESDAnet communication (VN)
  • Clean air barrier optics protection
  • Three (3) Alarm Levels
  • Three (3) Programmable Relays
  • Air flow monitoring
  • Optional remote display and relay capability
  • Simple mounting design
  • AutoLearn™


EN 60079-0:2009 and EN 60079-15:2010
Ex ic nA nC IIB T5 Gc IP54
-10°C ≤ Ta ≤ +55°C
Certificate No: ITS 14 ATEX 48089X
QAN: ITS 11 ATEX Q7454

IEC 60079-15 Ed4.0
and IEC 60079-0 Ed6.0
Ex ic nA nC IIB T5 Gc IP54
-10°C ≤ Ta ≤ +55°C
Certificate No: IECEx ITS 14.0050X
QAR: GB/ITS/QAR 11.0016/00

Tech Specs

Supply Voltage18 to 30Vdc
Power Consumption5.4W quiescent, 5.9W with alarm
Current Consumption225mA quiescent, 245mA with alarm
Fuse Rating1.6A
Dimensions (W x H x D)268mm x 268mm x 97mm
Operating ConditionsAmbient: -10°C to 55°C
Tested: -10°C to 55°C
Sampled Air: -20°C to 60°C
Humidity: 10% to 95% RH, non-condensing
Storage Conditions (non-operational)Humidity: Dry (<95%)
Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
Must not be exposed to sunlight or other radiation sources
Sampling NetworkMaximum area of coverage 800m2
Maximum Pipe Lengths1 x 80m, 2 x 50m
Computer Design ToolASPIRE2™
PipeInternal Diameter 15mm–21mm (9/16”–7/8”)
External Diameter 25mm (1”)
Relays3 Relays rated 2A @ 30Vdc
Fire (NO)
Pre-Alarm (NO)
Alert/Fault (Maintenance & Isolate) (NC/NO)
Configurable as latching or non-latching
IP RatingIP54
EnclosureGrade 304 Stainless Steel
Cable Access2 x 20 mm cable entries
Cable glands and blanking plugs NOT supplied
Cable TerminationScrew Terminal blocks 0.2–2.5 sq mm (30–12 AWG)
Alarm Sensitivity Range0.005% to 20% obs/m (0.0015% to 6.25% obs/ft)
Threshold Setting RangeAlert: 0.005%–1.990% obs/m (0.0015%–0.6218% obs/ft)
Pre-Alarm: 0.010%–1.995% obs/m (0.0031%–0.6234% obs/ft)
Fire: 0.015%–20.00% obs/m (0.0046%–6.25% obs/ft)
Software FeaturesEvent log: Up to 12,000 events stored in FIFO format
Smoke level, user actions, alarms and faults with time and date stamp
AutoLearn: Minimum 15 minutes, maximum 15 days.
Recommended minimum 1 day.
During AutoLearn thresholds are NOT changed from pre-set values.
Configurable General Input (24Vdc)Standby, Mains OK or Reset/Isolate



Eurofyre is an authorised distributor of Honeywell and has been a major technical wholesaler of Xtralis products since 2007. We offer expert advice and supply all aspects of VESDA, FAAST and ICAM aspirating smoke detection systems including pipework calculations, demonstration/training and excellent after-sale support.

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This product has been discontinued and further information can be found here. Please contact Eurofyre for further information, spare parts, servicing and training.

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