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.

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Tradeshow Terminology

  1. 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