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We are a Brisbane based online retailer selling only photoelectric smoke alarms. You can be confident that our smoke alarms are legally compliant to Australian Standard 3786:2014 – this standard encompasses the new legislation being rolled-out in Queensland.
Stacey Malek
Stacey Malek
Absolutely flawless products and service Couldn’t be more happy with everything - highly recommend and will use for all future jobs! Thanks again! Very happy customer
Peter Howse
Peter Howse
Very happy with service product excellent delivery on time I would highly recommend Christian and his company very professional
Sylvia Sass
Sylvia Sass
I highly recommend Photonic Smoke Alarms at Hamilton,there web site is set out well,which appealed to me.l rang and spoke to a gentleman called Christian.He was informative and helpful.l decided on the " red brand"as they are recommended in Australia also affordable plus they have web site for assistance.Our delivery arrived the following day we also received a full invoice along with a certified certificate for the alarms.We are extremely happy with our purchase,the service & the guidance l received.Thankyou.
John Crombie
John Crombie
Christian clearly and politely guided me to select the smoke alarms I required, answered my questions and dispatched the product expeditiously. Very good service.
I recently bought 5 PREMIUM Wi Fi smoke alarms from PhotoelectricSmoke Alarms and found the service to be incredible. Everything from the speed of delivery to the ease of installation was a fantastic experience! Thank you all
Stu Kincaid
Stu Kincaid
The owner is informative, helpful and has an excellent attitude to customer service. I'd highly recommend their service and products.
Shane Mouritz
Shane Mouritz
When it comes safety in my house a Photoelectric smoke alarm was one of the first items I had installed. The price, quality and service just can't be beat!
Rosie Sands
Rosie Sands
I had a faulty battery in alarm on notifying Christian he immediately notified technicians who promptly came and replaced alarm. Thankyou I appreciate your great service and will be sharing that you are a company to be trusted

Photoelectric Smoke Alarm - New QLD Legislation

Video courtesy Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website


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Frequently Asked Questions

Both brands comply to Australian Standard 3786:2014 and both brands are very good!

Warranty – Red smoke alarms come with a 10 year warranty. Premier Range alarms come with a 2 year warranty

Operating Range – Red smoke alarms have a slightly longer network reach (30m) than the Premier Range (25m).

Red smoke alarms also manufacture a 240v mains powered version of their alarm – this is useful for some people who require a combination of battery operated and 240v mains powered alarms to communicate with one another on the same network.

Our Red smoke alarms are not compatible with Premier Range smoke alarms, and vice versa (i.e. different brands cannot be interconnected together).

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) is Queensland’s peak body in real estate. Please refer to their website below.

Our blog post also contains more helpful information about smoke alarm compliance when selling your property in QLD.

smoke alarm compliance certificate

No, we do not maintain a ‘bricks and mortar’ shopfront. Our listed address is an admin office only and we do not keep stock at this location. Maintaining a 100% online presence allows us to keep all overheads as low as possible – this is reflected in our smoke alarm pricing. Free shipping is also provided on all orders.


All alarms in a bundle pack can be split up. For example, you may prefer to split a bundle pack of 10 alarms into two separate network groups by having 6 alarms in one property and 4 in another property (each network group functioning independently of the other). It’s entirely up to you to decide during the pairing process in your home, after you receive the alarms.

Refer to our pairing video for more information on how to wirelessly interconnect the alarms.

The number of smoke alarms required is relative to the size, floor layout and what state the dwelling is located in. QLD legislation states that a smoke alarm must be installed;

  • on each storey
  • in each bedroom
  • in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
  • if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey
  • if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

The example floorplan below was developed by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and depicts required smoke alarm locations within a building – use this as a guide for determining your own requirements.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Placement Recommendations

The ‘recommended placement’ section of our website also contains more information.

No, as our wireless alarms are battery operated (not hardwired to 240v mains power) they can be easily DIY installed and do not require an electrician.

Please note however if you purchase one of our Red 240V hardwired smoke alarms then yes it will need to be installed by a Licensed Electrician.

Smoke Alarm Certification LaboratoriesYes, our alarms have been rigorously tested by either TUV Rheinland Global Testing Laboratories or UL Underwriter Laboratories and are certified by JAS-ANZ accreditation as being fully compliant to Australian Standard 3786:2014 (smoke alarms using scattered light, transmitted light or ionization).

Our alarms also have the “DO NOT PAINT” marking on the outside of the alarm – this requirement is called out specifically in section 4.22 of Australian Standard 3786:2014.  Beware – many cheap ‘knock offs’ do not have this which makes them non-compliant to the standard.

If your smoke alarm complies to the Australian Standard then the date of manufacture should also be printed on the back of the alarm – take a look. Alarms must be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture.

No. The interconnection is wireless and uses a radio frequency so that the alarms must be uniquely paired to one another. All alarms in one property are paired with a ‘master’ alarm, which is distinct from a ‘master’ alarm on any adjoining property.

This explains how to physically attach your smoke alarm to the ceiling.

One benefit from using wireless interconnected battery powered smoke alarms is that you can install them yourself without the need for an electrician or other tradesperson. Our smoke alarms come with complimentary anchor plus and screws to enable you to do it yourself – see below. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase the optional Drill Free Easy Mounting Kit which makes self-installation even easier.

wireless interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm box contents

Note: Before installing any smoke alarms please review the ‘RECOMMENDED PLACEMENT’ section of our website for guidance.


STEP 1: Gently twist the mounting bracket to remove it from the rear of the smoke alarm.

STEP 2: Locate the mounting bracket in your chosen position on the ceiling. Use a pencil to mark the location of the two mounting bracket slots on the ceiling.

measure and mount your smoke alarm bracket

STEP 3: Using a 5mm drill bit, drill a pilot hole at each location marked on the ceiling. Insert the anchor plugs and use the two screws to attach the mounting bracket to the chosen position. Do not over-tighten the screws as this may distort the mounting bracket.

Screw base plate of smoke alarm to ceiling

STEP 4: Attach the smoke alarm to the mounting bracket and turn clockwise to lock it into place. Test the smoke alarm by pressing the dual test / hush button.

Install photoelectric smoke alarm to ceiling

Wireless interconnected smoke alarms work by communicating with each other using a radio frequency (RF) signal, without the need to physically install hard cabling between each alarm. 

When one alarm detects smoke, it will wirelessly ‘talk’ to all other alarms paired within the same network using the RF signal, so that all activate simultaneously (usually within 10 seconds of the initial detection). This provides a greater early warning and response time for occupants, especially in multi-story dwellings.

Our smoke alarms cannot be affected by other household RF devices (i.e. wireless smoke alarms situated in neighbouring properties) as the technology is purposely designed to eliminate any such interference during the unique network pairing process.

TV or A/C remote controls do not interfere with our alarms either as they typically use different technology (infrared IR vs radio frequency RF). The alarms do not use internet or home WiFi.

Image showing parts that make up a wireless interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm

It is often impossible to tell if smoke alarms are interconnected just by looking at them with the naked eye. The best way to determine if your smoke alarms are interconnected is by testing them! Fortunately ours come with a dual test / hush button in the centre of the alarm itself to make this easy. 

Simply press and release the button to test your alarm – if all alarms within the same network activate then it means the alarms are successfully interconnected (note it may take up to 10 seconds for all alarms to activate – this is normal). You may also use the optional remote control device to test your alarms. 

finger pressing photoelectric smoke alarm to test it

For further information on interconnecting and/or pairing your smoke alarms please go here setup & install.

Legislation states that if an existing 240v hard wired alarm is to be replaced, it must be replaced with a 240v hard wired photoelectric smoke alarm.

The Building Code of Australia also states that any new dwellings being built or dwellings being substantially renovated must have 240v hard wired photoelectric alarms installed.

Some insurance providers can decline to quote your property if you don’t fulfil their underwriting criteria when it comes to fire protection. It is always recommended to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms and check with your insurance provider or insurance broker to make sure you meet the necessary requirements.