Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 In the Dark: Emergency Lighting Requirements

In the Dark: Emergency Lighting Requirements

Anne Cheney, MFLD; Kyle MacKenzie, Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer P.C.; Steve Terry, ETC; Steven Zirinsky, Zirinsky Architecture

Tuesday, March 12
9:00am – 10:30am
Room: Gibson
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU


This presentation will discuss the current emergency lighting requirements in the NYC Building Code, including egress illumination, options for emergency power systems (generator, inverter, battery pack, EM lights), challenges when combining an architectural dimming system with an emergency power system, and the issues that LEDs present for emergency lighting. After the presentation, the panel will take questions from the audience.


Anne Cheney, MFLD
Anne Cheney has a background in theatrical lighting design, with 20 years experience designing lighting for a broad range of architectural project types. She has a problem-solving approach to design which looks at design and engineering aspects of lighting systems. As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, she is an active member of the New York City Lighting Council (Lighting 311 and has served as a judge for the 2011 IESNYC Lumen Awards and the 2018 IESNA Illumination Awards.

Kyle MacKenzie, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer P.C.
Kyle MacKenzie With over a decade of experience, Kyle is an electrical engineer who is well versed in designing and managing complex and large-scale building projects. Dedicated to the NYC engineering design community, Kyle recently became a member of the New York City Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committee, Fire Pumps and Special Conditions. As part of this Civic volunteer position Kyle is in the process of writing the 2019 NYC Electrical Code. Kyle is also a member and Panelist for the NYC Lighting Council (IESNA’s NYC design committee. Kyle holds a Master of Science in Energy Management and is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. In addition to his design experience prior to entering the design community, MacKenzie spent four years working for a mechanical contractor and an electrical contractor installing the systems he now specifies.

Steve Terry
Director of Standards and Industry Relations, ETC
Steve Terry is currently the Director of Standards & Industry Relations at ETC. From 2004-2017, he was the Vice President of Research & Development at ETC, where he led the group that is responsible for global development of new products.

He was appointed a member of National Electrical Code Panel 15 in 1994, and has served as the USITT representative to Code Panel 15 ever since. He is a member of many UL Standards Technical Panels including those for UL924—Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment, UL1008—Transfer Equipment, and UL8750—LED Equipment for Use in Lighting Products. He has been directly involved in many changes to NEC article 700—Emergency Systems—that have been critical to the changes in emergency control systems required by the move to LED emergency luminaires.

Steve chaired the USITT Committee that wrote the internationally-accepted DMX512 standard for digital communications in lighting systems in 1986. He was inducted as a Fellow of the USITT in 2006.

Steven Zirinsky
AIA, NCARB, Partner
Principal of Zirinsky Architecture PC, Steven is known for making complicated projects simple, innovative design and following through to completion. Construction projects vary in size and complexity - from new buildings to additions and renovations to landmark structures, from residential to commercial.

After graduation from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982, Steven worked in several firms in New York City- Perkins and Will, James D’Auria, and Kim Wang Associates before establishing his own firm with Frank Meier in 1991.

Professional Committees Steven has served on include: NYC Energy Conservation Code Sub Committee (2014, 2016, 2018), AIA Post Sandy Initiative (2014), NYC Buildings Code Revisions: Use, Occupancy Classification & Egress Technical Committee (2011-2012, 20018-19), New York AIA Building Code Committee Co-chairperson (2006-present), Architects Council of New York (2000-present), The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Landmarks West, and the IESNYC New York City Lighting Council/Lighting 311 (2014-present).