Power Requirements and Backup Generators for Musical Venues

So we know that electricians are often tasked with installing the electrical system of residential homes, buildings, and other infrastructure. But what about a music venue?

Dedicated musical venues do provide a unique challenge in terms of electrical installations, power supply, and power distribution, mainly because of the huge power consumption that is required whenever the venue is to be utilized for musical concerts. The challenge is particularly unique for large musical venues that feature a large stage and a seating capacity of thousands. Any musical concert that takes place in such a venue will usually require a substantial power supply for hundreds, maybe even thousands of electrical equipment, each of which could be considered crucial to the success or failure of the show. No modern musical concert will be able to get by without sufficient electrical supply.

Most households are powered by single phase power supply, and this is often more than sufficient to keep your house running – giving you sufficient light, heat, air conditioning, and power to the various household appliances that you have. But the power supply that is fed into residential homes can hardly be considered sufficient for large musical venues. In the latter case, what is often utilized is called a 3 phase power supply. 3 phase power supplies are intended to deliver more power to the same location. There are usually large cables through which current travels, and these large cables then branch off to different areas of the venue, ready to provide substantial electricity to the different areas of the venue from these 3 phases of electrical supply. This means that a musical venue is potentially tapping into three different electrical supplies in the different outlets scattered throughout the area.

Dealing with 3 phase power supplies is extremely dangerous. Of course, it can be argued that electricity in any form is potentially dangerous, but 3 phase power supplies can potentially deliver a heftier electrical shock, especially from what is called a “phase to phase” shock.

For a seasoned electrician, installing the electrical system of a large music venue should be simple enough – all he needs to remember is that he is working with three power supplies that should be as evenly distributed as possible. What is important is the observation of proper safety measures, both during installation and for when concerts are taking place.  Dealing with huge amounts of electricity all at once, you would need to put in place precautions and safety measures against power surges, electric shocks, and all other potential accidents. You can do this by making sure that all electrical equipment, wiring, cable are in good condition and are not suffering from wear and tear. There are also some safety devices which you can install to prevent sudden power surges, electrical overload, and other similar power issues. Before any musical concert or event takes place, these electrical installations should be checked and double-checked, any concerns should be addressed immediately, and safety devices tested to ensure that they are working properly. After all, there is a great potential risk when you are funneling in three times the amount of electrical supply into one venue where thousands of people are likely to gather, during a time when electricity will be tapped into heavily.

Prudence also requires the availability of backup generators on standby in case of power outages and other power instability issues. The good news is that there are portable generators you can hire for outdoor music concerts, and for any other outdoor event. Consulting with an electrician ensures that you get the most appropriate backup generator for your particular needs, based on the number and types of equipment you will be using, and their wattage. An electrician will also help you in choosing from different kinds of generators based on size, capacity, and model.

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