Trade Show Tips

Powering Up Your Trade Show Booth

Your trade show booth is designed, assembled, and looking great, but have you considered what you need to power your trade show exhibit? Read on for some answers to the most common questions about powering your trade show booth.

How is Power Supplied to a Trade Show Booth?

When you register for a trade show, you’ll be asked to provide your booth’s electrical requirements—which can include the number of lights, computers, wireless hot spots, and other pieces of electronic equipment you’ll need to power during the trade show. The show contractor will then set up and disconnect the wiring and electrical connections your exhibit needs.

Using an electrician for this process (which is almost always required by the trade show sponsor) ensures that any potentially unsafe conditions or fire hazards are corrected before the booth goes “live.” An electrician can also work with you to place wiring in the most unobtrusive places possible, which will reduce the risk of tripping over a power cord.

What Should You do to Save Money on Booth Power?

There are a few steps you can take to reduce the cost of supplying power to your trade show booth.

  • Identify your “power sippers” and “power gulpers.” If you plan to hook up a laptop or two in your trade show booth but need these computers only for web browsing or data entry, it’s important to know that small, lightweight laptops tend to use far less electricity than decked-out gaming machines. By identifying which of your powered devices use the most electricity, then determining whether these devices can be swapped out for something more efficient, you’ll be able to streamline your power requirements.  
  • Bring your own power strips. Although most trade show facilities will allow you to rent a power strip, doing so can come at a cost. Bringing your own strip can help minimize hassle and maximize your savings.
  • Turn items off when not in use. Having multiple items drawing electricity at once can cause your booth to max out its power supply quickly. By turning items off when they’re not being used (or when they’re not likely to be used for a while), you’ll ensure that you’re only consuming the power you need.

If you still have questions about your booth’s power needs, Nimlok NYC can help. We provide a broad array of trade show services, simplifying the decisionmaking process and ensuring that the final product fits all your needs. Call us today to learn more about the services we offer or to connect with one of our experienced team members to discuss your exhibit needs.