In German plugs what color wire is neutral and what color wire is live?
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
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
As we say in Portugal, Paper accepts anything you want to print
there, good or bad, right or wrong.
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,
IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB
SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY
REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.