Industry insights and innovations showcased at CEF Live

CEF Live 2019, which recently took place at the Birmingham NEC, delivered two days of industry insights and trends, new product launches, NICEIC tech talks and special deals to almost 4,000 electrical professionals.

The show returned for the third time this year, with the organisers declaring it to be bigger and better than ever before. Those in attendance from across the electrical community had the opportunity to interact with more than 55 leading electrical brands –  including Schneider, Aico, Dimplex, Philips, Scolmore, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Nest and Hive – which exhibited their latest products and offered ‘on the day deals’.

Across both days, CEF Live provided insight into the latest innovations, industry developments and opportunities, featuring seminars from industry experts and the NICEIC.

Jaguar LandRover took to the innovation zone to explain how the iPace was born, while Philips Signify introduced connected lighting. Meanwhile, fire and carbon monoxide protection expert, Aico, discussed how changes to BS5839-6:2019 will affect the industry; and lighting solutions manufacturer, Tamlite, explained the health and wellbeing benefits of installing LED lighting.

Topics within the tech talk zone, led by the NICEIC, included a Q&A session on the biggest changes within the 18th Edition, as well as presentations on SPDs, AFDDs, smart technology and electric vehicle (EV) charging.

Growing interest in the EV charging opportunity was clear, with the tech seminar filled to capacity during both sessions. CEF’s brand new EV Charging Guide, featuring products, technical information and industry insight, was launched at the event; and it proved just as popular, with attendees looking to take advantage of this lucrative new market.

Free calibrations were also offered on-site, as well as more than 100 exclusive ‘on the day deals’. Visitors who had registered online beforehand received a £50 voucher upon arrival, to spend on future purchases of £100 or more at

Andrew Moseley, CEF’s Commercial Director, comments, “CEF Live is the biggest event in the electrical industry calendar, and this year, it proved to be bigger and better than ever before – with more exhibitors, more products and more deals.

“As your electrical experts, CEF is committed to helping our customers keep up-to-date with the latest regulations and trends in our sector, so our tech talk and innovation zones were designed to ensure our customers learn what lies ahead for the future of the electrical industry.

“It really was an invaluable day out for electrical professionals to connect with new or existing suppliers, and pick up some of the latest and essential products at unbeatable prices.”

“The show was a huge success, and another step up from the previous two CEF Live events we held in 2017 and 2015. It was great to see customers and exhibitors’ enthusiasm for the event: there was a palpable buzz across both days, as people from all aspects of the electrical industry got together to discuss challenges, opportunities and new innovations. We are thrilled with the turnout, and the positive feedback we have received from our customers, our suppliers and the press.”

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