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How to get power to your marquee

Powering a Marquee: Different Approaches

When it comes to supplying power to a marquee, there are generally three methods to consider:

1. Extension Leads:

  • Check the extension lead’s maximum loading capacity (typically 3KW) to avoid overloading.
  • Tidy up the extension lead by securing excess cable to the eaves rail of the marquee using cable ties.
  • Avoid running extension leads in areas where tripping hazards may occur. Ideally, run them out of the side of the marquee above head height, securing them to a fence or hedge and then down to the house.
  • If using multiple extension leads, plug them into different circuits of the house.
  • If the marquee is a significant distance from an available power source (30m+), consider employing an electrician for a temporary supply or using a generator.
  • Ensure any electrical supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers to guard against accidental damage.

2. Temporary Circuits (Electrician Required):

  • Engage a certified electrician registered for Part P.
  • Confirm the power output of the circuit to ensure it meets the marquee’s power requirements, considering caterers, entertainment, bar, and lighting.
  • Specify that the power will terminate with standard 13amp sockets in the marquee.
  • Ask the electrician to run the cable in a suitable location to prevent trip hazards.
  • Like with extension leads, ensure any electricity supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers.

3. Generators:

  • Opt for ‘super-silent’ generators for minimal noise disruption.
  • Consult the generator hire company to determine the appropriate size based on your total power requirements.
  • Confirm that the generator hire includes cabling to the marquee with termination in standard 13amp sockets.
  • Position the generator at a convenient distance from the marquee.
  • Have spare fuel (usually diesel) available, and ensure the tank is full before the event starts.
  • As with other power sources, ensure any electricity supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers.

For personalized advice tailored to your event, feel free to contact us with event details such as type, available space, number of guests, and site diagrams or photographs. We are here to guide you through the options.

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