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In German plugs what color wire is neutral and what color wire is live?

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In Germany or, as a matter of fact, in Europe, the colors for the mains wires are as follows:

Live (L): Brown (and also red on old wiring circuits in UK and Eire) or black, but black is not very common)

Neutral (N): Blue (and also black on old wiring circuits in UK and Eire)

Earth is Yellow and Green striped

Caution: Many cheap power (extension) cables made in China and sold through Dollar stores (or equivalent) do not comply with the minimum safety precautions, namely:

- They don't have an Earth wire connecting the plug and socket (i.e., only 2 wires connecting to live and neutral, although using earthed plugs and sockets)

- You may get a potentially lethal electrical shock if you use one of these cables to connect an appliance with exposed metal connected to the earth terminal.

- The wire diameter is way too small for the rated power and will overheat and may start a fire if used to connect appliances that are power-hungry like heaters, stoves, etc.

If you suspect a cable, have it checked by a qualified electrician / technician -

Don´t take unnecessary chances just by trusting labels from Chinese products!!

As we say in Portugal, Paper accepts anything you want to print there, good or bad, right or wrong.

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As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,

on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,

always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB

SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY

REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

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