British Standard cable colours

British Standard cable colours
Click here for cables sorted by circuit. Cable colours sorted by system Circuit Alt Body 97 106 17 107 10 16 30 6 131 132 37 49 48 47 42 85 b 88 b 96 95 94 93 92 b 91 b 89 b Black Black Blue Black Brown Blue Red Brown Orange Orange Purple Green Purple Purple Purple Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Red Orange Slate Pink Black White Purple Orange Slate Pink Green Slate Pink Purple Lt Green Lt Green Brown Red Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Trace System Function All earth connections spare spare spare spare spare spare spare spare spare Accessories connected to battery, not via ignition switch Accessories connected via ignition switch Aerial motor to "down" switch Aerial motor to "up" switch Demister relay Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks Door locks

Lt Green Accessories

Lt Green Accessories

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British Standard cable colours

87 b 90 b 86 b 112 110 118 117 111 114 116 115 109 119 113 120 64 b 71 b 39 46 82 43 a 40 28 66 a 72 b 59 a 66 b 56 69 72 a

Yellow Yellow Yellow Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate

Blue Green Brown Red Brown Black Yellow Blue Green White

Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories

Door locks Door locks Door locks Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Electric windows power Entry/exit door closed switch to door actuator Entry/exit door open switch to door actuator Heated rear light relay or switch and warning light Heated rear light to switch or relay Ignition switch to radio Interior lights Map, engine bay, glove box or boot lights if directly powered Map, engine bay, glove box or boot lights if switched by sidelights Start inhibit relay to change speed switch Switch to cab lock-down warning light Switch to heater motor ("fast" on 3-speed) Switch to heater motor ("medium" on 3-speed) Switch to heater motor ("slow" on 3-speed) Switch to screen washer motor - front Switch to screen washer motor - rear

Lt Green Accessories Pink Purple Orange Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories

Lt Green Red Lt Green Slate Purple Purple White Purple Purple Red Blue Pink Pink White Red Purple

Lt Green Green Lt Green Orange Green Green Slate Yellow Lt Green Green Lt Green Black Lt Green Orange

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British Standard cable colours

102 108 85 a 79 c 79 b 74 b 85 a 87 c 89 c 90 c 79 a 76 a 85 a 86 a 87 a 88 a 89 a 90 a 91 a 92 a 12 78 77 38 45 44 80 133 81 a 75 b 73 7

Black Black Yellow White White White Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow White White Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Brown White White Purple Purple Purple White Pink White White White Brown

Green Orange

Cooling Cooling Engine

Radiator fan motor from relay Radiator fan motor to thermal switch Gear selector switch to starter switch Inhibitor to starter relay or solenoid Oil pressure switch to fuel pump Oil pressure switch to starter relay Overdrive Overdrive Overdrive Overdrive Starter switch to interlock Starter switch to solenoid or inhibitor or relay Fuel injector #1 Fuel injector #2 Fuel injector #3 Fuel injector #4 Fuel injector #5 Fuel injector #6 Fuel injector #7 Fuel injector #8 Fuel/diesel shutoff LH fuel pump to changeover switch RH fuel pump to changeover switch Horn relay Horn relay to switch Horn to relay Ballast resistor or starter to coil Ballast resistor to distributor Coil to contact breaker Electronic distributor to drive resistor Ignition switch or starter solenoid to ballast resistor Ammeter to control box/main alternator terminal

Lt Green Engine Lt Green Engine Brown Blue Purple Green Red Brown Blue Red Purple Green White Orange Green Purple Brown Black Yellow Yellow White Black Blue White Engine Engine Engine Engine Engine Engine Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Fuel Horn Horn Horn Ignition Ignition Ignition Ignition Ignition Instruments

Lt Green Engine

Lt Green Fuel

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British Standard cable colours

83 81 b 105 100 57 71 a 64 a 31 d 31 b 31 c 76 b 63 b 98 99 63 c 61 51 34 58 52 55 62 19 d 20 36 27 32 26 41 70

White White Black Black Green

Slate Black Yellow Red Black

Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Instruments Lamps

Coil to current operated tachometer Coil to voltage impulse tachometer Electric speedometer Electronic speedometer to sensor Fuel gauge or voltage stabiliser to tank units or changeover switch Fuel tank switch to LH tank unit Fuel tank switch to RH tank unit Fuse to fibre optics lamp Fuse to instrument light dimmer, or light or map light Fuse to instrument light switch Ignition to lamp failure unit Sensor to coolant level control unit Tachometer generator to tachometer Tachometer generator to tachometer Test switch to coolant level control unit Voltage stabiliser to instruments Water temperature sender to gauge Fuse to lighting relay

Lt Green Slate Lt Green Red Red Red Red White Black Black Lt Green Green Red Green Green Green Blue Blue Red Red Red Red Purple Blue Pink Pink Red White White Yellow Orange Blue Yellow Brown Green White White White Red Brown Blue

Lt Green Blue

Lt Green Blue

Lamps-direction Fuse to flasher unit Lamps-direction LH indicators to switch Lamps-direction RH indicators to switch Lamps-direction Switch to flasher unit Lamps-driving Lamps-driving Lamps-fog Lamps-fog Lamps-fog Lamps-fog Lamps-hazard Lamps-hazard Long range driving lamp switch to dip switch Long range driving lamp switch to lamp Fuse to rear fog lamps Power to front fog lamp switch Switch to front fog lamps Switch to rear fog lamps Hazard flasher Hazard flasher to switch

Lt Green Brown

Lt Green Pink

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British Standard cable colours

54 a 15 19 a 23 22 24 21 19 b 14 13 50 43 b 33 31 a 35 29 54 b 53 a 9 4 8 5 3 2 1 11 104 103

Green Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Green Purple Red Red Red Red Green Green Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Black Black

Lt Green Lamps-hazard Red White Slate Pink Orange Black White Brown Brown White Black White Slate Green Purple Black Purple Yellow Green Red Blue Slate White Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-head Lamps-reverse Lamps-side Lamps-side Lamps-side Lamps-side Lamps-side Lamps-stop Power Power Power Power Power Power Power Power Warnings

Hazard flasher to warning light Dip switch to dipped head lamp fuse Dip switch to main beam fuse Fuse to LH main beam or inboard head lamps if independently fused Fuse to LH main head lamp Fuse to RH dip head lamp Fuse to RH main head lamp Head lamp flasher to main beam fuse Head lamp relay to head lamp fuse Head lamp switch to dip switch Reversing lamp to switch Door safety lights to switch Fuse to LH side and rear lamps and number plate lamps Fuse to RH side and rear lamps Lamp failure unit to LH side and rear lamps Lamp failure unit to RH side and rear lamps Stop lamps to lamp failure unit Stop lamps to switch Alternator battery sensing lead Alternator regulator power Alternator to warning light Alternator/dynamo field connection to control box Compression ignition aid or main battery power to double pole ignition switch Control box power to ignition and lighting switches Main battery power Starter relay to starter solenoid Brake fluid level & hand brake switch to warning lamp; or radio to speakers Brake vacuum or differential switch to warning light

Lt Green Lamps-stop

Lt Green Warnings

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British Standard cable colours

75 a 59 b 19 c 63 a 68 a 65 60 53 b 74 a 67 68 b 84 101 18 125 126 25 123 124 122 128 127 129 130 121

White Green Blue

Blue Slate White

Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings Warnings

Choke switch to choke solenoid and/or warning light Coolant level to warning light Dip switch main beam warning light Flasher unit to LH warning light Flasher unit to RH warning light Flasher unit to warning light Fuel level to warning light Lamp failure unit to switch Oil pressure switch to warning light or gauge Sensor to low air pressure buzzer and warning light Switch to differential lock warning light Switch to hazard light warning lamp Temperature switch to warning light Head lamp wiper motor to head lamp wash pump motor Intermittent unit to motor parking circuit Intermittent unit to motor parking circuit Power from sidelights switch Switch to front motor fast Switch to front motor parking circuit or timer or intermittent unit Switch to front motor slow or timer or intermittent unit Switch to head lamp wiper or rear motor parking circuit, timer or relay Switch to head lamp wiper or rear motor, timer or relay Timer or relay to head lamp or rear motor Timer or relay to head lamp or rear motor parking circuit Wiper circuits from ignition switch

Lt Green Blue Lt Green Yellow Lt Green Purple Green Green White Orange Purple Brown

Lt Green White Lt Green Yellow White Black Blue Orange Orange Red Orange Orange Orange Orange Orange Orange Orange Orange Green Black Blue Orange Purple

Lt Green Wipers Purple White Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers

Lt Green Wipers Yellow Pink Slate Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers

Based on BS-AU7a 1983. The "Alt" column disguishes different uses for the same colour code, and the
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British Standard cable colours

"System" column is my own addition.

This page was created by Paul Gover on Tuesday, October 12, 1999.

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