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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.


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.




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