Vape Detector Installation Requirements

vape detector installation

Whether you are installing vape detectors for schools or installing the vape detectors in some other organization, the physical installation process will be the same. Installing the Halo smart sensor vape detector is a pretty straight-forward process and should take less than 10 to 15 minutes.

Tools Required

Before you get started, these are the tools that are required. You’re going to need a #2 Phillips head screwdriver, a T10 Torx wrench which is included and some way to make the mounting hole (a 120mm hole saw or a 5-inch hole saw). 

Location of The Vape detector

The Halo detector should be located on a ceiling. the Halo device needs to be in an area relatively free of air currents. Avoid HVAC exhaust or return ducts, fans, and areas near the door between two rooms.

The Halo mounting should avoid areas with significant background noise or vibration. if there is significant background noise or vibration it can set the noise level or tamperer alarm off on the detector. 

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    Connecting and Powering The Halo Vape Detector

    The Halo unit requires a wired network connection which includes a standard 802. 3 AF POE power. As with any ethernet connection, the network connection run should not be longer than 300 ft or 100 meters.


    As mentioned previously the connection requires Poe or power over ethernet. The POE connection is what powers the device so no other electrical source is needed. In order to receive this power, you will need to have a POE switch you can buy a separate Poe injector that will provide power over the network cable.

    Network Connectivity To Communicate

    The ethernet connection is not only used to power the vape detectors, but it is also required in order to communicate and send the alerts via email or text message.

    Mounting Vape Detectors

    Make sure that the ceiling material is between .06 in and .75 in thickness.

    When installing a Halo device, the Halo should be installed at least 2’ x 2’ ceiling tile away from any air vent or HVAC unit. Do not install the Halo next to any air vent or HVAC unit. 

    Halo vape detector install placement

    Make the required 120 mm or 5-inch hole in the ceiling. Clean up to make certain that the dust or material from this operation does not come close to the Halo unit. There should be a full-scale template to check your dimensions before cutting. 

    Bring your network connection through the hole and allow it to dangle.

    Use the torque wrench to remove the three screws holding the Halo outer cover.

    Plug the network cable into the RJ45 jack on the side of a Halo unit.

    It should take approximately 10 to 15 seconds for the green LED light in the lower left-hand corner to begin blinking. The blinking light indicates that there is a good network connection and the device is being powered.

    Carefully insert the Halo unit into the hole, taking care not to damage the network cable.

    Use the number to Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the two screws in the flange. This action first rotates the locking Wings to the extended position and then pulls them down to secure the unit. Do not over tighten the screws. replace the Halo outer cover and use the torque wrench to tighten the 3 securing screws. 

    Surface Mount Installation

    Not all Halo Vape detectors will be in-ceiling installations. you also have the option of doing a surface mount as opposed to cutting through ceiling tiles. The tools to accomplish this are essentially the same including a number to Phillips screwdriver a T-10 Torx wrench which will be included in the installation kit.

    The location of the Halo surface-mount should be located away from any traps including Windows AC vents or fans. these direct surface mount can be attached directly to the ceiling using a standard electrical box or a WireMold V500 surface conduit accessory. The wiremold accessory can also be installed on a ceiling drop Pole.

     Once the surface mount is in place, the rest of the connection and installation is the same that’s what was documented before. The Halo Vape detector will need to be connected to an RJ45 network cable that supports power over ethernet either through the switch or a POE injector.

    After Vape Detector Installation

    Once the vape detectors have been installed, the alerting functionality needs to be set up. With stand-alone devices, you will need to login to the web interface for each unit and add email addresses and cell numbers for SMS text messages. If you have the enhanced notification and management software through a Vigilance Software subscription, all of your HALO Vape Detectors can be managed in one centralized location.

    Download Manufacturer PDF Guides

    If you are looking for some more detailed plans on installing HALO Vape Detectors, including diagrams, you can click on the links below to open pdf files from the manufacturer.

    HALO Installation Guide

    HALO Surface Mounting Installation Guide