How we provide power distros to theatres
We cater to lots of sectors here at Rubber Box, including the theatre industry.
This week on the blog, we thought we’d give you an inside peek into how power distribution works in this very demanding sector. Theatres are some of the most heavily serviced of all buildings, with power demands that are compared to that of a hospital by some industry experts.
Our rubber boxes are frequently used for such settings, due to their scalability, reliability and most importantly of all, their safety.
The Demands Of Power Distribution In Theatre
As you’ll know if you’ve ever been to a show, stage lighting is by far the largest electrical workload, with stage machinery usually coming a close second. Huge reserves of power need to be put in place to meet the maximum demand of each of these, but in almost every case the average electrical demand is much lower. It’s rare that absolutely every light is going to be on full blast at once, for example, but the system needs to be able to handle that sort of load if it needs to. (Our rubber boxes, incidentally, are particularly hardy conduits for these sorts of loads, and our systems are scalable so that you can only use however many you need!)
Although obviously the actors and performers are the ones commanding the attention of most of the audience – and rightly so – nobody is able to see them unless the lights are on. It’s fair to say, then, that effective power distribution is vital to the success of almost any modern performance, which is why there needs to be such massive redundancy measures in place. If the show is stopped due to a loss of power – even temporarily – it can be massively damaging to the theatre company, both in terms of finances and reputation. It’s just one more reason why an efficient, potent power setup is vital in modern theatres.
Theatres are high-traffic areas, and that means that even with cables tied down and systems contained, electrical equipment is still vulnerable to take a bit of a literal kicking every now and again. It’s why theatre equipment has durability as a major requirement, one which we’re pleased to say our rubber boxes fulfil effortlessly. As well as having durable enclosures to protect the electrical elements inside, inherent safety mechanisms are built into every product we manufacture.