EDA puts focus onto lighting

THE ELECTRICAL Distributors Association (EDA) used the occasion of its annual awards dinner to announce three new lighting initiatives, in education and training, product reporting standardisation and support for lighting manufacturers exhibiting at Frankfurt Light + Building.

The first of two distance-learning training modules, 'introduction to the principles of electricity' and ‘wiring devices and controls' herald a comprehensive set of new product knowledge modules.

These will be followed this year by two lighting modules, 'lighting (introduction)' and lighting (systems and controls)'. These training modules have been designed for anyone working in the electro-technical supply chain.

The training modules have achieved City & Guilds accredited programme status and is the result of a two-year collaborative effort between manufacturers, wholesalers and independent experts.

The EDA worked with the Institution of Engineering and Technology to help manage the programme production. This is a training initiative that will put essential technical knowledge on the front line of lighting supply.

‘The response from our wholesalers and manufacturers has been fantastic,’ EDA chief Margaret Fitzsimons told Lux. ‘They volunteered their time to support the creation of this new training programme. Their contribution has boosted the rigour and quality of the professional training the EDA offers.’

The EDA has been leading a long-term project to help standardise the way that electro-technical product is reported.

ETIM-UK (previously known as the European Technical Information Model) will improve the way that product is described, via a standard format for technical reporting.

There are nine working groups, each working to develop a product classification framework that will enable transfer of product information along the electrical supply chain without the need to re=configure or re-work any of the original information provided by the manufacturer.

The data classification for luminaires begins with a series of headline 'product groups and 'product classes', which then drills down into the product features; such as lamp base, luminaire power, operating frequency, controls, etc.

Each tier of the classification has a corresponding 'identifier code' and it is this standardisation of information that will enable products to be compared across the supply chain.

David Bate, ETIM-UK project manager has delivered over 45 free 'ETIM-ready audits' and consultancy sessions to help manufacturers and wholesalers plan their ETIM journey.

The EDA will be leading a 30-strong delegation to the Light + Building exhibition in Frankfurt next week in support of over 30 EDA manufacturers affiliates who will be exhibiting at the show.


  • The EDA will be meeting at this year's LuxLive 2018 exhibition at ExCeL London on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. For information on the event, click HERE.