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Tradeshow Terminology

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Everything you need to know about Tradeshow terminology. Its your very own Tradeshow dictionary from your friends at DD.

Everything you need to know about Tradeshow terminology. Its your very own Tradeshow dictionary from your friends at DD.


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  • 1. EVER WONDER WHAT THE UNION GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT AT A TRADESHOW? THIS MAY HELP Amp (Ampere) – a unit of measurement of electrical current and a quartz glass capsule; used for highlighting trade show or the amount of electricity; Amps X Voltage = Watts. graphics or creating environments within the exhibit booth. Back-light – a source of light that illuminates translucent Hard Wire – a permanent electrical connection such as material from behind such as in a tradeshow display graphic when an exhibit booth light fixture is permanently connected light box. directly to an electrical source rather than receiving power via a cord and plug. A typical tradeshow exhibit booth electrical placement plan. Junction Box – a point of distribution for electrical power to Channelling – cutting channels in booth carpet pad to exhibitor booths. accommodate electrical wiring or computer cabling running under booth carpet resulting in a smooth finish without visible Kilowatt – a unit of electrical power equal to one thousands ridges or lumps in the carpet. watts or ten Amps (Amperes). Dog House – an apparatus that permits placement Light Box – an enclosure with lighting fixtures positioned of multiple 20-amp, 120-volt circuits in one location for behind or under a translucent facing material; used to equipment or electrical distribution within a booth space. highlight trade show booth graphics or general exhibit hall graphics. Duplex Outlet – an electrical receptacle with two outlets. Low Voltage – electrical currents of 24 volts or less usually Electrical Contractor – the company hired by show used in animation and specialty lighting for trade show management to provide electrical services and equipment to displays. trade show exhibitors. Power Strip – an electrical unit with multiple electrical Fiber Optics – the transmission of light through extremely outlets. thin fibers of glass, plastic, or other transparent materials often used in tradeshow booths to capture attention. Quad Box – an apparatus with four electrical outlets. Flood Light – creates a widespread distribution of light Raceway – metal or insulated rubber tubing used for perfect for illuminating a tradeshow exhibit booth wall, channeling electrical wires within a trade show exhibit. graphic sign or large product displays. Spotlight – a lamp that provides a defined circle of light Floor Order – an order for electrical services for a used to highlight trade show display graphics or products tradeshow booth placed at show site during exhibit move-in within a trade show exhibit booth. and installation; costs are usually significantly higher than for orders placed in advance. Voltage – the practical unit of electric pressure; the pressure which will produce a current of one ampere against Floor Port – a utility box located in the trade show hall floor a resistance of one ohm. that contains electrical, telephone, or plumbing connections for distribution of services to exhibit booth spaces. Wire Management – managing the placement of electrical wires or computer cables within a trade show exhibit so they Fluorescent Lamps – lamps which operate by creating are accessible to the exhibitor but hidden so as not to detract an electric arc inside a gas-filled tube; the light color is from the appearance of the exhibit. determined by the type of phosphor coating used in the lamp; usually used in trade show graphic light boxes. Watt – the basic unit of measurement of electricity. Halogen Lamp – an incandescent lamp with halogen gas fill 3 5 0 5 N ew p o i n t P l a c e | S u i t e 4 0 0 | L aw re n c ev i l l e | G A | 3 0 0 4 3 w w w. d i m e n s i o n a l d e s i g n . n e t t | 678.376.1550 f | 678.378.1581