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Marquee power supply advice


Power is usually taken out to a marquee via extension leads. This method is usually sufficient for lighting and music (run on separate extension leads) but for other equipment additional methods may be required.

A temporary circuit can be connected to the house, this is capable of drawing more power than an extension lead. Alternatively a generator can be hored in of sufficient size to power all of the equipment:


Extension leads are easy to set up and the cheapest option:

  • Be sure not to take more than 3KW (13amps) from any one lead
  • take leads from different parts of the house to avoid any one ringmain becoming overloaded
  • if your sockets are not protected with a 30mA RCD you should always fit an RCD adapter to each extension lead
  • ensure all plugs and sockets are protected from the elements

Temporary circuits fall under the category of Part P so must only be connected by a qualified electrician. Increasingly it is more economical to hire a generator instead.

Generators are easy to use but can be noisy:

  • 'Supersilent' generators are considerably quieter than standard ones
  • The hire company would normally advise on the size generator you require
  • Make sure the generator hire includes the cables to the marquee and spare fuel



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