One of the things that we all take for granted every day is our reliance on electricity. It literally powers much of our lives whether we be at work or at home. While there was a time where electricity was an expensive extravagance that not everyone could afford, today it’s found everywhere and is essentially out of sight and out of mind. We flip a switch and it’s there when we need it.
The electricity does however go out from time to time, and more often than not these outages are brief and only a minor inconvenience. Granted, there are times when the lack of power is more serious and lasts longer, but the power grid and the systems that run it are quite reliable. Having said this, if you’re relying on power to be present when your product or service is on display at a trade show, you’ll want to make sure that the power will be on for the short period of time your booth is on display.
Having a reliable power source during your exhibit ensures:
Power at the show could come from several different places, however more often than not it’s provided by the convention center or hotel itself. The venue will generally have staff on hand that can lay down and install the power requirements for you and these sources of power will be based on what options are available at that particular venue. The convention center will take into account your requests for power in terms of location of outlets, amount of outlets as well as the amount of power needed for your booth, and will usually be unique to meet the needs of your custom exhibit design. You should also be able to speak with a member of the convention centre services department should you have any last minute changes or additional requirements that crop up, however expect to pay for anything extra if this happens. It’s always best to speak with the people that run the convention or trade show several times to ensure that you have asked all questions that you may need to before the actual day of the show.
You can expect to find normal wall outlets, sockets within the floor, outlets along the catwalks above, or on pillars or columns that are found throughout the convention hall floor. If your booth design requires anything special to make sure you have the power you need, keep these options in mind when speaking with the convention centre staff and before placing your order for floor space.
Usually the cost for the power that your trade show booth will consume is included in the price of the space rented unless you have special needs that are out of the norm. Again, expect to pay for these types of custom solutions. Additionally, do not assume that your booth with have power twenty four hours a day, as many convention centres will only provide power for short periods of time (usually up to an hour) before and after the show begins and ends.
When negotiating your terms with the convention centre, it’s important to note what the convention centre is responsible for. While many will have backup generators to ensure that the lights stay on, this is not always the case, and even when it is, these systems can also fail. For this reason many exhibitors choose to bring their own Eco friendly Electrical Power. This is a fantastic and well thought out solution for those times when the lights do happen to go off right in the middle of the show. Wouldn’t it be nice if your booth was the only one still lit during the darkness of a power outage?
You can purchase small, portable rechargeable battery solutions that are specifically designed with trade shows in mind and are a fantastic investment. You want to make sure that not even a power outage will stop you from showcasing your products or services.
You will also want to make sure that you’re fully aware of the convention centres regulations when it comes to the booths at the trade shows that they host. Be sure to read your trade show manual and understand the exact specifications of what is and is not allowed as far as electrical requirements. Safety is always very important and all trade show convention centres will require you to tape down all cords and wires to the floor. Typically all lights can’t extend out beyond the boundaries of your booth and spotlights need to be directed toward the inside of your booth as well. Lastly, lighting can’t be obnoxious or distract from other exhibitors near your booth.
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