Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2021 Code Compliant Emergency Lighting Solutions

Code Compliant Emergency Lighting Solutions

Mitch Hefter and Tom Stoll, Signify

August 17, 2021

8:30am – 9:30am ET

1 LU Elective


Emergency lighting is not just vital but required in all commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. Codes and regulations establish guidelines for emergency lighting equipment — it's key to incorporate the right combination of elements into emergency lighting design for a higher degree of safety. The interior details, including ceiling height, wall colors and textures; number and placement of exits; intended use of a building; and expected number of occupants all must be considered when selecting and applying emergency lighting. This presentation will go through codes and regulations by application, and highlight the range of solutions to meet and exceed these requirements.

Learning Objectives
1. Define indoor and outdoor emergency lighting and how it fits in a building infrastructure
2. Explain why emergency lighting is needed and why specifiers should care
3. Explain what specifiers need to consider in emergency lighting applications
4. Explain the different emergency lighting solutions and methods to comply


Mitch Hefter
Senior Systems Engineer, Signify

Mitch Hefter has been working in lighting controls for over 40 years. He has played a major role in setting entertainment technology standards, promoting electrical safety and developing certification for entertainment industry electricians. He was instrumental in the development of DMX512. Mitch is a founding member of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association Technical Standards Program (ANSI E1) and co-chairs the Electrical Power Working Group. He has worked on updates to the National Electrical Code since 1981, representing the Illuminating Engineering Society on Code Panel 15 since 1997. He is a co-vice-chair of the IES Lighting Controls Committee and works on several IES task groups. A senior systems engineer at Signify, Hefter is also a Fellow of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, a recipient of the USITT Founders Award in 1993, and was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2014.

Tom Stoll, PE, LC, CFSE
Senior Development Engineer, Bodine, Signify

Tom Stoll has worked in the lighting industry for nearly 25 years. He has been a key contributor to the Bodine emergency lighting product portfolio including the Generator Transfer Device (GTD) product family. He has also served as an industry expert with the UL 924 Emergency Lighting Standards Technical Panel (STP) and the NEMA Emergency Lighting Section, where he served as section chair for two years.

Tom been a task group member for the UL 1008 Automatic Transfer Switches STP that created the first Branch Circuit Emergency Lighting Transfer Switch (BCELTS) section of the UL 1008 standard. He is also Lighting Certified (LC) with the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Tennessee.

Prior to his current role at Signify, he was the Engineering Manager for Bodine for more than 10 years and was the first to attain ISO 17025 and UL Data Acceptance Program (DAP) certification for the Bodine test lab. In addition, Tom is a Certified Functional Safety Engineer (CFSE) as part of his training from TÜV Rheinland, while he was employed with Thyssen-Krupp Elevator. He holds patents in both lighting controls and elevator braking systems.