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Glossary of Terms

Graphics. Printed pieces (often on polycarbonate, vinyl, laminated paper, display film, or fabric) made specifically for your company’s display. They hang from, clip onto, or are otherwise attached to the display hardware to complete your booth.

Vegas lights. Many displays either come with lights, or lights are available as an option. The fire codes in Las Vegas are harsher than elsewhere when it comes to lighting. Per the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Handbook, “Halogen lamps are limited to 75 watts and must be of the sealed variety, which prevents direct handling of the bulb.” When ordering your lights, specify whether you need Las Vegas-approved lights. LED lights will meet the Vegas fire code.

Mag bars. Plastic and/or aluminum bars with magnets, which clip onto the frame of a pop-up display and enable graphic panels to be attached to the display.

Frontrunner. The fuzzy “carpet” panels that are hung on a pop-up display. The panels are “Velcro receptive,” meaning that they act as the “loop” Velcro; the hook (spiky) Velcro on the back of graphics clings to it. These are no longer in widespread use.

Booth or booth space. The size of the floor area you are renting for the show. Typical spaces begin at 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep (10 x 10), and the next size up is usually 20 feet wide by 10 feet deep (10 x 20). A display is not a booth; a display goesinto the booth.

Pipe & drape. Dividers supplied by the exhibit hall to define each booth space. Aptly named, they are made of inexpensive drapes hanging from metal pipe. Generally, an 8-foot tall back wall and two much lower side walls will comprise the pipe & drape for a 10 x 10 space.

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