PLITSTR309 REV N LCS880.pub
INSTALLATION AND INSTRUCTION MANUAL
LCS880-016
SIREN AMPLIFIER & HAND-HELD LIGHT CONTROLLER
IMPORTANT:
Please read all of the following instructions before installing
your new light. Failure to follow these safety precautions
may result in damage to your light or vehicle and may result
in serious injury or death to you and your passengers.
PLITSTR309 REV. N
3/17/17
After programming, fill in this chart to identify your button functions
Quick-Activation
Progressive Button Functions
PROGRESSIVE PUSH BUTTON
(CYCLE 1/2/3 Button)
1st Press - Priority 1
F1
2nd Press - Priority 2
F1
Same as Priority 1
F2
3rd Press - Priority 3
F1
Same as Priority 1
F1
Same as Priority 2
F3
Push Button Functions
PB1_________________________________
PB2_________________________________
PB3_________________________________
PB4_________________________________
If you are NOT using a traffic director
with this unit, you MUST disable TD
Mode. Please review the TD MODE and
PB4 FUNCTION option on pages 5-6.
Important: This product is used to warn traffic. Improper use may result
in vehicular collision, personal injury and/or death. Star Headlight &
Lantern Co., Inc., and its subsidiaries shall not be held responsible for
damages directly or indirectly caused by improper use of this product.
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Table of Contents
INSTALLER FUNCTION DIAGRAM
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
INSTALLATION NOTES
INSTALLER SELECTABLE OPTIONS
Siren Option DIP Switches
Control Head Option Jumpers
Programmed Options
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1
2
2-8
2-3
4
5-6
MOUNTING
ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS
7
8-14
Wire Size And Termination
Control Head Connection
12-Way Harness
Mandatory and Optional Wiring Connections
Siren Wiring Diagram
Horn Ring Transfer Wiring Diagram
RFI Reduction and RFI Choke Installation
Input Power and Switch Output Connections
Light Wiring Diagram
LABEL INSERTION
OPERATION
8
8
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
15-18
Priority Functions
Siren Mode Buttons
Lighting Push Button Switches
STB Button
Microphone
Speaker Diagnostics
Traffic Director Indicator
PA Volume
Auxiliary Input
Park Kill
Radio Repeat Volume
Fuses
15
16
16-17
17
17
17
17
17
17
18
18
18
SERVICE
19-21
Troubleshooting
Parts
Specifications
Warranty
19
20
20
21
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General Description
The LCS880 series is a premium remote system that utilizes a remote siren amplifier,
coupling it with a slim-line hand-held remote control head that combines the noisecanceling microphone, siren controls, and emergency lighting controls for the
vehicle. The control head contains illuminated buttons that change color to
indicate status and the face of the hand-held controller is sealed around the push
buttons to help prevent liquid from entering the electronics. The amplifier is a 200W
siren amplifier unit designed for single or dual 100W speaker use. By default, this siren
is programmed to operate a logic controlled Traffic Director. This feature can be
disabled to allow additional button use.
The hand-held controller contains several distinct controls for operation of vehicle
devices. A progressive pushbutton allow the user to scroll up and down through
three different Priority Modes. A second button allows for quick pursuit mode
operation, jumping directly to Priority 3 (activation of maximum lights and siren for
pursuit mode). In addition to the two Priority Mode buttons, there are four push
buttons to operate the siren audio functions and four push buttons to control four
different lighting or auxiliary functions (two defaulted for Traffic Director).
The LCS880 series is designed to allow maximum versatility in mounting. The handheld controller is remote from the siren amplifier and light relay control box, creating
a compact user interface that can be mounted onto the dashboard, overhead, or
in the center console. The hand-held controller comes with a cradle for mounting.
The amplifier box and arrow stick control box can then be mounted remotely in the
trunk, under the dashboard, under the seat, or wherever convenient.
Default siren operating modes include the tones of Wail, Yelp, and Phaser, as well as
a Radio rebroadcast mode. A Noise Canceling PA Override is available in all
modes. A Manual button allows tone toggle operation and manual siren control.
The Air Horn button will override any siren tone. The vehicle horn switch may also
perform the Manual push button function via an auxiliary input. Several option
jumpers and programming buttons allow the unit to be fully customized to the
operators' needs. Options include: Auto-activation of certain functions in certain
modes, Phaser vs. Two-Tone, Phaser disable, 8 second timed gunlock release, and
momentary vs. lock-on/lock-off switch operation. A Park Kill option is provided for
connection to a door switch, etc. to disable the siren when exiting the vehicle.
Controls for both a PA volume and a Radio volume are provided.
The LCS880 series has been designed with several protection features to provide
exceptional field service. Excessive high or low voltage detection will disable the
siren output, protecting both the amplifier and the speaker. Fused inputs provide
safety against reverse polarity. Speaker diagnostics provides user feedback as well
as shutdown protection against speaker opens and shorts. The first four light output
functions are individually protected with 20A fuses, while the Horn Ring Transfer (HRT)
output function is protected with a 2A in-line fuse. CAUTION: These protection
features will not guard against overloading the outputs.
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Installation Notes
Proper installation of the unit is essential for years of safe, reliable operation. Please
read all instructions before installing the unit. Failure to follow these instructions can
cause serious damage to the unit or vehicle and may void warranties.
Qualifications - The installer must have a firm knowledge of basic electricity, vehicle
electrical systems, and emergency equipment.
Keep These Instructions - Keep these instructions in a safe place for future reference.
Advise the vehicle operator of the location.
Contents should include:
1 - Hand Held Controller
1 - Amplifier and Light Control Box
1 - Amplifier Wire Harness with Connector
1 - 25’ Amplifier Communication Cable (6-wire telephone style cable)
1 - Extended Cable Adapter
1 - Mounting Hardware
1 - Label Set
1 – RFI Filter
1 - Installation and Operating Instructions
Installer Selectable Options
The LCS880 has several options that can be selected during installation
by the use of various DIP switches, jumpers, and through programming.
These options should be set before installation of the unit.
If you are NOT using a traffic director with
this unit, you MUST disable that option.
Please review the TD MODE and PB4
FUNCTION section on pages 5-6.
SIREN OPTION DIP SWITCHES
• Auxiliary Input Polarity
• Park Kill Polarity
Both of these functions are activated by applying positive voltage (+12VDC). If this
setting is acceptable, please skip to the Control Head Option Jumpers section.
Amplifier Cover Removal
Loosen the three protruding
Philips head screws located on
the top of the amplifier unit. Slide
the cover off.
CAUTION:
DO NOT OVER
TIGHTEN SCREWS!
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(Installer Selectable Options CONT’D)
Auxiliary Input Polarity
Applying a positive voltage to the green wire normally activates the auxiliary
function (Air Horn standard/MANUAL function optional).
The wiring diagram on page 10 shows both connection examples.
To instead have the AUX function activate when the green wire is connected to
ground (negative) .
1. Turn “AUX POS” DIP switch off.
2. Turn “AUX NEG” DIP switch on.
Diagram showing NEG AUX set up
Park Kill Input Polarity
The Park Kill (Cutout) Input turns off any siren tone output when activated, and
remains off until a control is activated or changed. The wiring diagram on page 10
shows two connection examples.
Connecting the white wire to positive (+12 VDC) normally activates the Park Kill
input. To instead have it activate when the white wire is connected to ground
(negative):
1. Turn “PK POS” DIP switch off.
2. Turn “PK NEG” DIP switch on.
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(Installer Selectable Options CONT’D)
Control Head Option Jumpers
Three of the jumpers located inside the hand held controller are used when
selecting/programming various options. Review the option charts below and on the
following page to determine if you need to access the jumpers to change any of
the default settings. If you do not need to change any, you can skip to Mounting.
Control Head Cover Removal
• Remove the three Philip head screws recessed
in the back of the hand held controller.
• CAREFULLY remove rear cover using caution
so as not to lift circuit board and membrane
switch away from front faceplate.
• Locate the jumpers located near the
microphone coil cord strain relief.
• DO NOT REMOVE ANY OF THE FIVE
JUMPERS ON THE RIGHT SIDE !!!
Jumper Controlled Options
Standard Setting
Audible Beep
Jumper on both pins - An audible
beep is heard when the buttons
on the control head are pressed.
Programming Mode Jumper on both pins - Siren in
standard operating mode.
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Optional Setting
Jumper on 1 pin only - No beep
when the buttons on the control
head are pressed.
Jumper on one pin (or removed) Siren in Programming Mode.
(Installer Selectable Options CONT’D)
Programmed Options
Standard Setting
TD Mode: On/Off
PB4 Function:
LRCO or Output S4
TD Mode is On
PB4 controls Traf. Director Mode
TD LED display active
Output S3 and S4 used for TD
Button PB3 controls Orange wire
No TD WARN Option
PB3 Function:
Output S3 or TD Warn PB3 controls Output S3
Optional Setting
TD Mode is Off
PB4 controls Output S4
TD display NOT active
Output S3 controlled by PB3
Output S4 controlled by PB4
TD WARN pattern available
PB3 activates TD WARN (only if TD Mode
is active)
The TD automatically activates in WARN
mode whenever Priority 3 is selected on
the controller (only if TD Mode is active
and TD WARN pattern is available)
TD WARN
Auto-Activation in
Priority 3
Priority 3 mode has no effect
on TD WARN mode
PB1 Auto-Activation
in Priority 1
PB2 Auto-Activation
in Priority 1
Phaser/Two-Tone
Siren WAIL
Auto-Activation in
Priority 1
PB1 Gunlock
Priority 1 mode has no effect
on PB1
PB1 automatically activates whenever
Priority 1 is selected on the controller
Priority 1 mode has no effect
on PB2
PB2 automatically activates whenever
Priority 1 is selected on the controller
Third tone is Phaser
Priority 1 mode has no effect
on the siren
Phaser Tone replaced with Two-Tone
The siren automatically activates in
WAIL mode whenever Priority 1 is
selected on the controller
Push button PB1 is a standard
ON/OFF button
PB1 used for Gun Lock - Stays activated
(On) for only 8 seconds when pressed
Push button PB2 is a standard
ON/OFF button
Push button PB4 has no effect
PB4=PB1+PB2+PB3
on PB1, PB2, or PB3
PB1 Auto-Activation Priority 2 mode has no effect
on PB1
in Priority 2
PB2 Momentary
PB2 Auto-Activation
in Priority 2
Phaser Disable
Siren WAIL
Auto-Activation in
Priority 2
Auxiliary Control
(Horn vs. Manual)
Park Kill Lockout
STBY/Sleep
PB1 Auto-Activation
in Priority 3
PB2 Auto-Activation
in Priority 3
Siren WAIL
Auto-Activation in
Priority 3
PB2 is a momentary switch, thus only
being active while being held in
PB1, PB2, & PB3 auto-activate anytime
PB4 is activated
PB1 automatically activates whenever
Priority 2 is selected on the controller
Priority 2 mode has no effect
on PB2
PB2 automatically activates whenever
Priority 2 is selected on the controller
Phaser tone enabled
Phaser Tone disabled
Priority 2 mode has no effect
on the siren
The siren automatically activates in
WAIL mode whenever Priority 2 is
selected on the controller
The siren’s green auxiliary (AUX)
wire is connected to the
vehicle horn ring, and activates
the siren’s AIR HORN for all siren
modes except RADIO
The Park Kill function “Locks
Out” all siren tones. They
cannot be used until Park Kill is
de-activated
Buttons always illuminate at
power up.
AUX wire duplicates the function of the
MAN push button instead of the HORN
The Park Kill function temporarily
deactivates siren tones, but they can
be reactivated using the buttons
Priority 3 mode has no effect
on PB1
If button lighting was deactivated by
STBY when the siren is powered off, the
button lighting will still be deactivated
upon power up.
PB1 automatically activates whenever
Priority 3 is selected on the controller
Priority 3 mode has no effect
on PB2
PB2 automatically activates whenever
Priority 3 is selected on the controller
Priority 3 mode has no effect
on the siren
The siren automatically activates in
WAIL mode whenever Priority 3 is
selected on the controller
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(Installer Selectable Options CONT’D)
Audible Beep Jumper
If you would like to disable the keypad beep, move the Audible Beep
jumper from both pins onto only one pin as pictured to the right.
PROGRAMMING
Programming of the options described on the previous page is
done through the handset. Perform the following steps to
change any of the options:
• Place the corresponding handset jumper in the
“Programming” position as shown to the right and
power up the unit.
• Use the CYCLE 1/2/3 button to
illuminate one of the 3 PROGRAM LEDS
(which are also the Priority LEDs).
• Refer to the chart below to see which
option is controlled by each button.
(default in BOLD)
• Press and release the button to toggle
between the two options (RED or GREEN).
• After you have changed all options
needed, place the Programming
Jumper back on both pins.
PROGRAM BUTTON
LED
OPTION
TD MODE ON and
PB4 CONTROLS LRCO or PB4 CONTROLS OUTPUT S4
TD WARN PATTERN AVAILABLE and PB3 CONTROLS
OUTPUT S3/ORA* or PB3 CONTROLS TD WARN
*
*
*
†
▼
RED
GREEN
1
HORN
LRCO
OUT S4
1
MAN
WARN
OUT S3/ORA*
TD WARN AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 3 †
1
RADIO
ON
OFF
PB1 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 1
1
PB1
ON
PB2 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 1
1
PB2
ON
PHASER or TWO TONE
1
PB4
TWO TONE
OFF
OFF
PHASER
SIREN WAIL AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 1
1
W/Y/P
ON
OFF
PB1 IS GUNLOCK (TIMED OPEN)
2
HORN
ON
OFF
PB2 IS A MOMENTARY (OPEN WHILE HELD)
2
MAN
PB4 ACTIVATES PB1, PB2, & PB3 ▼
2
RADIO
ON
OFF
PB1 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 2
2
PB1
ON
OFF
PB2 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 2
2
PB2
ON
OFF
PHASER DISABLE
2
PB4
DISABLE
ENABLE
SIREN WAIL AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 2
2
W/Y/P
ON
OFF
AUX WIRE = AIR HORN or MANUAL
3
HORN
MANUAL
AIR HORN
MOMENTARY LATCHED
PARK KILL LOCKS OUT SOUND or TOGGLES OFF
3
MAN
TOGGLE
LOCK OFF
REMEMBER SLEEP IS ACTIVE ON POWER UP
3
RADIO
ON
OFF
PB1 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 3
3
PB1
ON
OFF
PB2 AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 3
3
PB2
ON
OFF
SIREN WAIL AUTO ON IN PRIORITY 3
3
W/Y/P
ON
OFF
If TD MODE is ON & TD WARN is OFF, PB3 controls the Orange wire (Output 5)
If TD MODE is ON & TD WARN is ON, PB3 controls the Orange wire (TD WARN)
If TD MODE is OFF & TD WARN is OFF, PB3 controls Output S3
Only if TD MODE is ON and TD WARN MODE is ON
Only if TD MODE is OFF
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Mounting
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
For the safety of the installer, vehicle operator, passengers, and the community
please observe the following safety precautions. Failure to follow all safety
precautions and instructions may result in property damage, injury or death.
DO NOT mount in air bag deployment area.
Devices should be mounted only in locations listed in SAE standard J1849.
Controls should be placed within convenient reach of the driver.
Assure clearances before drilling in vehicle.
Sound levels produced by attached speakers can cause permanent hearing loss.
Never operate this unit without adequate hearing protection for you and others in
the area. (OSHA 1910.95)
SIREN AMPLIFIER & RELAY CONTROL BOX
• The amplifier should be mounted in a location such as the driver compartment
firewall, under the seat, or in the trunk.
• Do not mount the amplifier in the engine compartment or in an area that would
be allowed direct exposure to weather elements.
• Choose a mounting location away from any air
bag deployment areas.
• Assure adequate ventilation to prevent
overheating.
Mount the amplifier unit through the
four 1/4” holes located in the flanges
(two visible and two not shown in the
picture to the right).
CRADLE MOUNTING
•
The LCS880 includes a cradle for storing the handheld controller when it is not in use.
•
Select a location so that the cable does not interfere
with the vision of the driver or the operation of any
controls, including, but not limited to, the steering
wheel, gear shifter, and/or airbag.
•
The cradle comes with four mounting holes predrilled
in it. Only two screws are normally necessary to
secure the cradle to the dash. Once you have
selected a location, use the cradle as a template
and mark the two mounting holes you will be using.
•
Carefully drill two 1/16" pilot holes for your screws. Be
sure to check for wiring and/or any other obstructions
behind the mounting hole locations.
•
Once the holes are drilled, use the two self-tapping
Phillip head screws to secure your cradle.
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Electrical Connections
WIRE SIZE AND TERMINATION
• The wiring diagrams on pages 10 and 14 show the minimum wire size used for
each connection, along with recommended lead color.
• If the wire is longer than 10 ft., use the next larger wire size.
• Use only high quality crimp connectors.
• Make sure all connections are tight.
• Route wiring to prevent wear, overheating and interference with air bag
deployment.
• Use grommets and sealant when passing through compartment walls.
• Minimize the number of splices to reduce voltage drop.
• Ground connections should be made directly to the negative of the vehicle
battery. If not possible, connect only to substantial chassis components.
• Install and check all wiring before connection to vehicle battery. SEE TABLE
BELOW FOR CORRECT WIRE SIZING!
• All conductors should be constructed of stranded copper with thermoplastic
insulation.
CAUTION: All wires should be rated for at least 125% of their maximum current load.
All wires connected to the positive terminal of the battery should be fused at the
battery for their rated load. The load can be calculated by adding all lamp
wattages and dividing by 13. Load (Amps) = Total Watts / 13 volts. Do not use 1/4"
diameter glass fuses, as they are not suitable for continuous duty above 20 amps.
RECOMMENDED WIRE SIZE, AMP CAPACITY & CONSTRUCTION
Ampacity Range
5A - 10A
10A - 15A
15A - 30A
30A - 40A
40A - 50A
SAE Wire Size
#16
#14
#12
#10
#8
Gauge/No. of Strands
29/19
27/19
25/19
23/19
21/19
CONTROL HEAD CONNECTION
Communication between the control head and the amplifier
is made via a communications cable using an RJ11 jack
located on the opposite side of the power connector.
CAUTION: Please note that the
cable used IS NOT a standard
telephone cord and CANNOT
be replaced with one.
12-WAY HARNESS
Several of the electrical connections to the amplifier are made using the removable
connector located on the back of the amplifier case.
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(Electrical Connections: Siren Amplifier CONT’D)
• The wiring diagram on the next page shows detail of how to wire the connector
on the amplifier to the vehicle.
• The unit is internally fused.
• Make all electrical connections to the power connector before installing the
connector on the unit.
Mandatory Siren Wiring Connections:
BLACK LEADS: (GROUND) - Connect BOTH black wires to the negative of the battery, or to
a good chassis ground. Be sure to use minimum size #14 AWG wire.
RED LEADS:
(POWER/+12VDC) - Connect BOTH red wires to the positive of the battery,
or to a high current power buss. Use minimum size #14 AWG wire. The
power supply to the siren unit must be capable of delivering peak currents
up to 50 amps for adequate short circuit protection and reliable
operation. The preferred source is directly at the vehicle battery.
BROWN LEADS:
(SPEAKER) - Connect one lead to each terminal or lead of the speaker. If
connecting a second speaker in parallel, you must observe the polarity of
the speakers (phasing). Be sure that the positive terminals of both speakers
are connected together to the same brown wire from the siren.
PINK LEAD:
(IGNITION SWITCHED POWER) - Connect the pink wire to your ignitioncontrolled power (or other switched power source). This will turn the power
to your unit on and off.
Optional Siren Wiring Connections:
BLUE LEADS: (RADIO REPEAT) - Connect one blue lead to each terminal of the two-way
radio speaker or output connector of the radio. Use #18 AWG wire.
GREEN LEAD:
(AUX) - The Green wire is connected to the horn ring circuit or other
remote switch. It can be activated by positive or negative voltage
depending upon the jumper selection. See Auxiliary Input Polarity section
on page 3 for jumper details.
The function of the Green wire changes depending upon which
programming option you have selected for Auxiliary Control (pages 5-6).
AUX mode set for HORN (default): The siren’s AIR HORN will activate whenever the
vehicle horn is pressed (unless in RADIO mode).
AUX mode set for MAN: Pressing the steering wheel horn (or activating this wire
through some other remote switch) will mimic the Manual button function
when the vehicle’s horn is pressed.
NOTE: Cut the Green lead short if not used & insulate with electrical tape.
WHITE LEAD:
ORANGE LEAD:
(PARK-KILL) - Connect to dome light or added door switch. Circuit may be
positive or negative with proper jumper selection. See Park Kill Input Polarity
section (page 3) for jumper details.
NOTE: If not used, cut lead short and insulate with electrical tape.
The function and connection of the Orange wire changes depending
upon which programming options you have selected (pages 5-6).
With TD Mode ON and TD WARN OFF (default): The Orange wire is an Output
controlled by PB3. It can be connected to any device that draws less
than 2A.
With TD Mode ON and TD WARN ON: The Orange wire should be connected to
the WARN signal wire from your logic controlled Traffic Director.
With TD Mode OFF: The Orange wire should be connected to the Horn Ring
Transfer relay (not supplied). See page 11 for HRT details.
NOTE: If not used, cut lead short and insulate with electrical tape.
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(Electrical Connections: Siren Amplifier CONT’D)
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(Electrical Connections: Siren Amplifier CONT’D)
Wiring Diagram for OPTIONAL Horn Ring Transfer (HRT)
The Horn Ring Transfer Feature de-activates the vehicle horn when the handset is activated with the
recessed On/Off switch on the side. This allows you to use the steering wheel horn switch to control your
siren without sounding the vehicle horn. Use this wiring diagram for proper connection of the Orange and
Green wires. The diagram below shows wiring for both positive and ground-side switched horns, using
an installer-supplied relay.
You can only use the HRT function if you are NOT using a traffic
director with this unit. You MUST disable TD Mode. Please
review the TD MODE and PB4 FUNCTION option on pages 5-6.
Not all relays are labeled the same. The above diagram shows
a very generic schematic which will be true for all relays.
For our relay (P/N P30153-6) the pin out is labeled to the right
(top diagram). The terminals that correspond to the above
wiring diagram (Positive Side Horn Switch) are labeled in the
lower diagram to the right.
• The Green wire from the siren goes to the N.O. (Normally
Open) relay contact (87).
• The cut wire from the steering wheel switch goes to the
COM (Common) relay contact (30).
• The cut wire attached to the vehicle horn goes to the N.C.
(Normally Closed) contact ( 87A).
• The Orange wire from the siren goes to the positive coil
contact of the relay (86)
• The negative coil contact of the relay (85) should be
connected to Ground.
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(Electrical Connections CONT’D)
RFI REDUCTION AND RFI CHOKE INSTALLATION
The following steps are recommended when installing, to help reduce RFI:
1. Make sure that both the control head and amp are securely attached to good
chassis ground (i.e. no paint in-between the chassis and the grounding
terminal).
2. Keep the siren control head and amplifier as far away from the police radio as
is practical.
3. Check that the police radio antenna wire makes a right angle from the back of
the police radio and runs on one side of the vehicle. The communications
cable for the siren should make a right angle out of the back of the control
head and exit in the opposite direction from both the police radio antenna wire
and the police radio power wires.
4. Excess communication cable from the control head to the amp should be
tightly bound back near the amplifier box.
5. One of the RFI chokes (STAR P/N: P30039-57) should be placed around the
communications cable at the back of the siren amplifier box.
6. The second RFI choke should be placed around the Red and Black wires exiting
the siren amplifier box.
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(Electrical Connections CONT’D)
INPUT POWER AND SWITCH OUTPUT CONNECTIONS
LED Priority
Indicators
Top View
(Cover Removed)
Priority
Outputs
Input Power
Priority
Outputs
Side View
Push Button
Outputs
(REFER TO LIGHT WIRE DIAGRAM ON NEXT PAGE, AS WELL AS TO WIRE SIZE TABLE ON
PAGE 8 FOR PROPER WIRE SIZES!)
The electrical connections for input power, Priority outputs, and the push button outputs
are made to the control box (amplifier) using the terminal blocks shown above.
Input Power: (Left Terminal Block) Connect +12VDC to the 3 large barrier style
terminals. When controlling lights with a large amount of current
(>15A) power should be supplied to all three inputs.
Priority Outputs: (Center Terminal Block) Connect the lights that you wish to auto
activate in the corresponding Priority Modes to the L1, L2, and L3
outputs (20A max each). (Note: Priority 1 mode activates L1,
Priority 2 mode activates both L1 and L2 and Priority 3 Mode
activates L1, L2, and L3).
PB1-PB2 Push Button Outputs: (Right Terminal Block) Connect the lights that you
wish to activate with corresponding buttons PB1
and PB2 to the S1 and S2 outputs (20A max each).
PB3-PB4 Push Button Outputs: (Right Terminal Block) Under the default setting, the S3
output should be connected to your Traffic Director Left
control wire, and the S4 output should be connected to
your TD right output.
If you disable the TD option, these two outputs will be
activated independently by the PB3 and PB4 buttons.
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See Page 8 For
Correct Wire Sizing !!
(Electrical Connections: Light Relay Control Box CONT’D)
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Label Insertion
Once the wire connections have been, labels can be
inserted into the switches. The product is shipped with
30 different labels for these push buttons. Select the
desired label inserts (provided). Insert the label into
each button and tuck it under the lip of the switch.
The siren labels come pre-installed and may be used
for reference when inserting light function labels.
Operation
GENERAL
There are 11 pushbuttons on the face of the
hand-held unit. When not activated, these
buttons are backlit in green for nighttime
viewing. When activated, an audible beep is
heard, and the backlighting turns red.
LED Priority
Indicators
POWER
The unit is turned On and Off by a
recessed switch on the side of the hand
held controller. All functions are disabled
until the unit is switched on.
PRIORITY FUNCTIONS (CYCLE 1/2/3 and P3)
The CYCLE 1/2/3 Priority button is designed for
quick and easy activation of multiple lighting
and siren functions. This button will
progressively scroll through three different
Priorities (indicated by the Priority LEDs),
activating additional lights and/or the siren for
increased warning power. It also scrolls back
down, deactivating the corresponding
functions (connected to Outputs L1-L3).
Priority 1: Activates the first set of lights (connected to L1).
Priority 2: Activates both the 1st and 2nd set of lights (connected to L1 and L2).
Priority 3: Generally used for the FULL PURSUIT MODE.
In Priority 3, the following will activate:
• All three sets of lights (connected to L1, L2, and L3)
• The siren (WAIL mode)
• Traffic Director WARN (when applicable)
Note: The auto-activation of the siren and the arrow stick may be
disabled if desired. (Refer to the Programming section on pages 5-6)
P3 Button - The P3 button allows for quick activation of Pursuit Mode. The controller
automatically jumps directly to Priority 3.
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(Operation CONT’D)
SIREN MODE BUTTONS
The four push buttons towards the top of the control head
allow full siren operation.
MAN (Manual)
This button is used to temporarily change the siren output.
Review the chart below for a description of the various
outputs, depending upon which mode you are in.
MAN BUTTON FUNCTIONS
Siren Mode
Selected:
WAIL
YELP
PHSR
RADIO
Speaker
Output:
Wail
Yelp
Phaser
Radio Repeat
No Output
NONE
Pressing the MAN button Changes
the Speaker Output to:
Yelp
Phaser
Two-Tone
No Effect
Creates a manual WAIL tone while
button is being held that sweeps down
when the button is released.
HORN (Air Horn)
This momentary push button produces a simulated air-horn tone
while pressed. This can be used to either replace, or to supplement
the normal vehicle horn. This tone will override all other siren tones.
CYCLE W/Y/P
This button cycles through the three different siren tones, then back to Off.
Wail - A normal rise-fall tone used on highways and areas with low traffic or
constant traffic flow.
Yelp - A rapid warble tone used in light to moderately congested areas.
Phaser - Ultra-fast warble tone used for maximum attention in highly congested
areas.
RADIO
Also known as Radio Repeat, this function amplifies a two-way radio speaker input
for re-broadcast outside the vehicle through the siren speaker(s). PA is available, but
no siren tones are available when this function is activated.
LIGHTING PUSH BUTTONS
PB1 and PB2
PB1 and PB2 control the devices connected to the corresponding output terminals
described on pages 13-14. Press once to activate, then press again to deactivate.
PB3 / WARN
Under the default setting (TD Mode=ON and TD WARN=OFF, see pages 5-6), the
PB3 button will activate the Orange wire.
If you enable the TD WARN option, the WARN/PB3 button do three things:
• It will activate the Traffic Director WARN function (i.e. activates output S3).
• It will display the WARN pattern on the TD LED display located above the PA
knob on the handset.
• It will deactivate PB4 (LRCO) when pressed.
If you disable the TD option, the PB3/WARN button will activate S3 (but will have
no effect on the TD LED display or on PB4.
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LRCO / PB4
Under the default setting, the LRCO button will cycle through the traffic directing
modes of the Traffic Director (Left ► Right ► Center Out).
If you disable the TD option, this button will activate the S4 output.
STB BUTTON
Standby - Press the STB button once to temporarily deactivate all functions and
place the unit in Standby Mode until another function is activated.
Undercover Mode - Hold the STB button for several seconds to de-activate all button
lighting.
MICROPHONE and MICROPHONE BUTTON
The integrated noise-canceling microphone is used for public address operation
and overrides any siren tone when the push-to-talk/PA button is pressed.
SPEAKER DIAGNOSTICS
MICROPHONE
There is a diagnostic LED located in
the upper right portion of the remote
head controller. This LED will only turn
on while a tone is trying to be
generated. The status of the speakers
is indicated as follows:
PA
BUTTON
Steady - Speaker is connected and
operating properly.
Flashing - There is an electrical short in
the speaker or wires to the
speaker.
Off - No speaker is connected, or
- The siren is not activated to
output a tone to the
speaker, or
- The speaker or wire
connection is loose or is
electrically open, or
- There is over/under voltage.
TRAFFIC DIRECTOR INDICATOR
The LED indicator “simulates” the
selected pattern on your Traffic
Director when activated by either the
WARN or the LRCO button.
PA VOLUME
The PA volume control is provided for public address volume. This is in the bottom
left corner of the control head. Turn it clockwise to increase the sound level.
AUXILIARY INPUT (Green Wire)
During installation the vehicle horn ring (or other switching device) can be
connected to the Auxiliary input (AUX/Green wire). By default, activating the AUX
input will produce the same output as pressing the HORN button (i.e. Air Horn).
Optionally, you can program the AUX function so that it mimics the MAN button
rather than the HORN button. (See PROGRAMMING on pages 5-6).
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PARK KILL (White Wire)
During installation, the Park Kill input may be connected to a door switch or other
‘trigger’. Using this feature will automatically deactivate any siren tone when the
door is opened. All siren tones are ‘locked out’ until the door is closed and you
change audio modes. Optionally, you can choose to only temporarily disable the
siren tones, allowing them to be reactivated even if the door is still open. (See
Program Options and PROGRAMMING on pages 5-6).
RADIO REPEAT VOLUME
The radio repeat volume is
located within the rear access
cover of the amplifier. This should
be set during installation when the
vehicle is parked. Under normal
circumstances, you should not
need to adjust it again.
First set the volume level of the vehicle’s two-way radio to its normal operating
volume. Turn on the On/Off switch of the hand held controller and press the RADIO
button. The radio should be rebroadcasting through the siren speaker(s). Using a
small flat blade screwdriver, adjust the potentiometer as desired.
FUSES
The siren amp itself is protected by a 20 amp fuse
located next to the power connector.
Each high current light output is also protected with a 20A automotive blade fuse
located inside the fuse panel. The fuse panel is accessible by loosening the two
screws in the cover plate on the amplifier. Refer to the diagram for proper fuse
location.
The control head is protected
with a 5A automotive blade
fuse located in the amplifier
fuse panel as well.
Output 5/HRT (Orange wire)
is protected with a 2A in-line
fuse.
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Service
TROUBLESHOOTING
Symptom
No power
Possible Cause
Check
No power supplied to +12 terminal block
inputs in amplifier.
Connector loose
Amplifier 20A fuse or 5A fuse blown
Does back-lighting come on?
Microphone button activation
Circuit breaker in supply connection
Shorted speaker or speaker wire
Do you hear a “pop” when turned on?
Is power hooked up backwards? Positive ground
vehicle?
Is an external fuse or circuit breaker used?
Are the negative leads connected to a good ground?
The input voltage must be less than 16 volts.
The input must be greater than 10V with the siren
turned on.
Does microphone button release properly?
Is the PK jumper option properly configured?
Does the siren work when Park Kill input is
disconnected?
Does either speaker diagnostic LED flash? Check for
a short.
Does neither speaker LED turn on steady? Check
for an open.
Have you tried turning the PA volume control?
Is the speaker bell or tip loose?
Is the Aux. Input used and wired properly?
Input voltage must be between 10 & 16 volts while
siren is on.
Is the vehicle voltage regulator working properly?
Is the connector tight on the back of the unit? Loose
connection on a power lead? The input must be
greater than 10V w/ the siren turned on.
Is something lying on the microphone?
Is a circuit breaker used with at least a 50A rating?
Does the speaker have water damage, or is a wire
pinched?
Horn function
or Manual
function stuck
on
No Radio
Siren push button switch stuck
Aux. Input improperly connected
Aux. Input Polarity Option set wrong
Does the Siren switch return fully when released?
Is the AUX Input used and wired properly?
Is the AUX jumper option properly configured?
Unit not connected to radio
Radio volume too low
No or Low
Radio
Radio outputs not isolated and polarity
hooked up backwards
Is the radio connected properly to the unit?
Can you hear the radio in the vehicle?
Have you tried turning the Radio volume control?
Are the radio wires connected to the correct polarity
from the radio output?
Wrong siren
tone
Phaser not
working
Lights not
working
Arrow stick not
working
Erratic arrow
stick pattern
Or 1st or 8th
head not
working
Two-Tone option jumper installed
Aux. Input set to wrong function
Phaser disabled
Is the TT jumper option properly configured?
Is the AUX jumper option configured properly?
Is the PD jumper option configured properly?
Overloaded or short circuit
Check fuse. Check wire connections.
Fuse blown
Check fuses on arrow stick control box. Check
communication cable.
Is the 6 head stick option selected? Is 8 head stick
option not selected?
Is green connector screwed in tight to lock into
arrow control box? Are all 12 terminal block
connections tight?
Use constant power source for arrowstick, rather
than one that is ignition switched
No siren tone PA works
Loose connection at power source
High voltage protection
Low voltage protection
Microphone button stuck
Park Kill polarity option set wrong
Park Kill activated
No siren tone No sound
Bad speaker or speaker wiring
No PA
Distorted siren
sound
PA volume not set properly
Speaker assembly loose
Intermittent Aux. Input connection
Low or high vehicle voltage
Intermittent
siren tone
High voltage protection
Low voltage protection
Arrow stick option jumpers not set
properly
Poor connection
Using ignition switched power for
arrowstick
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PARTS
Part
LCS850-AMP8
LCS880-CH
P30255-43A
30008-22
30041-52
30028-8
30028-1
P30232-4
P30053-31
P30032-8
Description
Amplifier Only
Hand-Held Controller for LCS880
Amp Wiring Harness
25’ Communication Cable Between Control Head Cable and Amp*
Female/Female RJ11 Connector for Communication Cables
5 Amp Automotive Blade Fuse inside Amplifier
20 Amp Automotive Blade Fuse for Amplifier
LCS880-CH Microphone
Amplifier Case Screws
TIP36C Power Transistor
* CAUTION:
These are not a standard telephone cables and CANNOT be replaced with one.
Optional Parts for External TD Controller
Part
TDC850
30008-30
P30041-188
SWH-140
Description
Arrowstick Power Supply
7’ Communications Cable Between TDC850 and Amp *
Control Head/TDC850 Splitter for Communications Cable
12” Communication Cable
SPECIFICATIONS
Input Voltage
Siren Input Current
10 - 16 VDC (negative ground)
8.0 Amps @ 13.6 VDC (single 100W speaker)
16 Amps @ 13.6 VDC (dual 100W speakers)
Siren Standby Current
Less than 10 mA when ignition is off
Audio Frequency
200Hz - 10 kHz + 3db
105 WATTS RMS MAX. (15.0 VDC - single 100W speaker)
Siren Output Power
210 WATTS RMS MAX. (15.0 VDC - dual 100W speakers)
Siren Frequency
675Hz - 1633Hz
High Voltage Protection
16 - 18 VDC will cause siren output to temporarily cease, resume at normal
Short Circuit Current
50 AMPS (supply circuit must be capable of supplying this)
Operating Temperature
-15° F to +140°F
Diagnostic Indicators
An LED indicator provides diagnostic feedback for the speaker
Light Output Ratings
20A fuse on each of the 7 light outputs. (4 push buttons, 3 slide positions)
Siren Connections
Detachable, 12-pin, positive locking connector with pigtail leads for Amplifier
(12-Pin Connector)
(2) Positive, (2) Negative, (2) Speaker, (2) Radio, Auxiliary, Park Kill
(Telephone Comm. Con.) Telephone style communication cable between Control Head and Amplifier
Light Control Connections +12 - three position barrier style terminal block
L1, L2, L3 (Slide Switch) 3-position Eurostyle terminal block
PB1, PB2, PB3, PB4 (Push buttons) 4-position Eurostyle terminal block
S5 (Push button) flying lead
Size
Amplifier: 2-1/2” High, 7” Wide, 7-3/8” Deep (plus 3/4" flange on each side)
Hand Held Controller: 6" High X 2-1/2" Wide X 1-1/4" Deep
Boxed Weight
LCS880: 8.5 lbs.
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ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
The manufacturer warrants each new product against factory defects in material and
workmanship for one year after the date of purchase. The owner will be responsible for returning
to the Service Center any defective item(s) with the transportation costs prepaid.
The
manufacturer will, without charge, repair or replace at its option, products, or part(s), which its
inspection determines to be defective. Repaired or replacement item(s) will be returned to the
purchaser with transportation costs prepaid from the service point. A copy of the purchaser's
receipt must be returned with the defective item(s) in order to qualify for the warranty coverage.
Exclusions from this warranty include, but are not limited to, bulbs, strobe tubes, domes, and/or the
finish. This warranty shall not apply to any light, which has been altered, such that in the
manufacturer's judgment, the performance or reliability has been affected, or if any damage has
resulted from abnormal use or service.
There are no warranties expressed or implied (including any warranty of merchantability or fitness),
which extend this warranty period. The loss of use of the product, loss of time, inconvenience,
commercial loss or consequential damages, including costs of any labor, are not covered. The
manufacturer reserves the right to change the design of the product without assuming any
obligation to modify any product previously manufactured.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You might also have additional rights that may vary
from state to state. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages.
Therefore, the above limitation(s) or exclusion(s) may not apply to you.
If you have any questions concerning this or any other product, please contact our
Customer Service Department at (585) 226-9025.
If a product must be returned for any reason, please contact our Customer
Service Department to obtain a Returned Materials Authorization number (RMA #)
before you ship the product back. Please write the RMA # clearly on the package
near the mailing label. Be sure to fill out the form on the following page in its entirety
and enclosed it with the defective product.
Please Note: These instructions are provided as a general guideline only. Some
vehicles may require special mounting, wiring, and/or weather-sealing. This is the
sole responsibility of the installer. Star Headlight & Lantern Co., Inc. assumes no
responsibility for the integrity of the installation for this or any of its products.
NOTICE
Due to continuous product improvements, we must reserve the right to change any specifications and
information, contained in this manual at any time without notice. Star Headlight & Lantern Co., Inc. makes no
warranty of any kind with regard to this manual, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Star Headlight & Lantern Co., Inc. shall not be liable for
errors contained herein or for incidental or consequential damages in connection with the furnishing,
performance, or use of this manual.
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