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Old 8th May 2009, 21:15   #1 (permalink)
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Electric wiring colour codes

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Does anyone know the colours of the wires used in Turkey.

UK is green or green/yellow for earth

Red or Brown for live

Black or Blue for nuetral.

I am going over in a few weeks to hopefully put some lights up, but the electric is not connected yet. I suppose I could have a look in the consumer unit to find out if no one is certain.

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Yes Adrian and Matt, the colours used are anything they have at the time ..... I kid you not!
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Re: Colour code

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The colours should be brown +, blue -, green and yellow is the earth, it will not matter which way round you have the positive and negative but if there is an earth wired then be sure to wire it correctly, if the colours do not match these then leave well alone and get a spark to help you.
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Old 8th May 2009, 22:34   #4 (permalink)
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Yes Adrian and Matt, the colours used are anything they have at the time ..... I kid you not!
I second that! Invest in a good multimeter!

I had a UK electrician friend come to stay and his description of the wiring I couldnt post here as the swear word filter would delete them all. Short of recabling the entire house best to keep a note in each fusebox of the connections and colours. Many places have all three phases serving different parts of the same ring too! It defies physics sometimes
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..i usually find that black is live when i check it on the metre..but as Steve says as long as you have an earth ..it should,nt matter..
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Re: Electric wiring colour codes

Hi Adrian and Matt, I'm a spark who lives in Akbuk, I've done various houses in the area and none of the colours match up, don't go by the consumer unit either as most of the time the knuckle heads wire up a so called junction along the wall to spur off lights or sockets(mostly with tape, not a junction box to be found) Get yourself a good reliable spark or if you know a bit, a multi meter or a phase tester, Oh and none of the lights are usually earthed.
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Re: Electric wiring colour codes

Hi Adrian and Matt,

The wiring in Turkey should be to a european standard, but to be honest from the work I've seen I wouldn't take any risks doing it yourself.
But saying that, could you trust a Turkish electrician? I couldn't!

Luckily I'm an ex Electrician, my advice is look for and get recommendations of any local electricians ( ex english if possible)

If you don't have any luck and have to do it yourself, some tips are

Don't change light fitting by isolating the supply just by turning light switch off. Make sure you switch the whole supply off.

You will probably find that there is no earth cable! As they rely on the RCD (Residual Current Device or more commonly known as a Earth Leakage circuit breaker) on the main board for protection against earth faults.
If you are fitting a metal light fitting, make sure you carry out a test from live to earth using the appropriate test equipment and check to see if the RCD trips out!

If you not sure what to do, it would be safer and simpler to fit a light fitting with no metal parts.
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Re: Electric wiring colour codes

I thought the wiring colours were;

Red to Black

Green to Yellow

And Blue to Bits !!!!

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Re: Electric wiring colour codes

Even though I am an electrical engineer, I got my house rewired by a local alcoholic who is great as long as you get him to work before midday. Anyway frightens me to death every time I look at the wiring, so any time I have a problem he comes and fixes it, naturaly he breaks, sorry uses, all my tools. Having said that I have not paid him a thing since the original job 8 years ago. Yes everything does work. My advice leave it alone.
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Re: Electric wiring colour codes

Turkish electricians never turn the power off when working, the guy that fitted a heating element in my water tank wore rubber gloves whilst he twisted the wires together connecting it to the live junction box.

On another occasion a registered Vestel engineer was wiring a new aircon unit to the back of a socket, when I asked him if he wanted me to turn the power off, he shrugged as if to say why and said “No, no problem”. 1 min later there was a crack and the power tripped out, he looked SO astonished, he just couldn’t understand how that happened.
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