What colour are the live, neutral and earth wires in a plug?

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Wires in UK plugs are coloured as follows:   Live: Brown Neutral: Blue Earth: Yellow and Green   This replaces the old colours of red (live) and black (neutral) and green (earth) - changed back in 2006

Answered by Farrah, Electrical Safety Expert

Wires in UK plugs are coloured as follows:

 

Live: Brown

Neutral: Blue

Earth: Yellow and Green

 

This replaces the old colours of red (live) and black (neutral) and green (earth) - changed back in 2006. If your plug has these colour wires, we recommend that you replace it.

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