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Old 10-01-07, 08:06 PM
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Question about European Wire colors...

I'm installing a vent hood by a company called "Fabyka" - The three wire colors are blue, dark gray/green, and yellow w/ a green stripe. Any ideas as to what's hot & what's not? are these standard European colors?
There's no manual available & I can't seem to find their website. Any help would be much appreciated-
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Old 10-01-07, 08:29 PM
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No liability, Right!!?

Typicaly, Green/yellow stripe = ground-- Blue= Neutral
And usualy, Brown= hot.

The only sure way is to use a continuity tester.
Be advised that alot of Europeon equipment is set for 220V AC.

The voltage should be clearly marked.

You may also try this in the AC/DC electrical forum, There are some there from that Region.
 
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Old 10-01-07, 08:51 PM
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Thanks - how do I test continuity?

I've got a cheapo tester - what's the general procedure?
Thanks-
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Did it work?

Hi Johnnym, I just bought one of those same range hoods, and was wondering if you found the answer to the wiring code dilemma you were facing. Hope you can help and thank you.
 
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A little reading on the subject here:

http://www.mra.org.mt/Downloads/Publ...lour_codes.pdf

Also a chart here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-phase_electric_power

The article is on three-phase, but from the chart you can discern the neutral, ground, & line.
 
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the color coding is the easy part.

blue-neutral
gray-hot
green/yellow stripe- ground

the problem is what is the voltage. Most euro nations use a 220 volt system instead of our 120 volt system.

You need to know the voltage.

another wrench is the freq listed.

Ours is 60 htz while Euro is 50 htz. It will make a diff as to speed and power. A motor needs to be connected to whatever it is designed for.

Is there a data label on this thing? Give us the info listed if there is.
 
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Old 01-12-08, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by nap View Post
the color coding is the easy part.

blue-neutral
gray-hot
green/yellow stripe- ground

the problem is what is the voltage. Most euro nations use a 220 volt system instead of our 120 volt system.

You need to know the voltage.

another wrench is the freq listed.

Ours is 60 htz while Euro is 50 htz. It will make a diff as to speed and power. A motor needs to be connected to whatever it is designed for.

Is there a data label on this thing? Give us the info listed if there is.

Nap you are pretty close with this colour

but let me add one or two more common european colours it get tricky after this

Brown or Grey or Black is typical UK colour for hot conductor
Bleu is netural.
Green with yellow strip is ground AKA earth.

but keep in mind there is other area in European dont really follow this colour code some are really tricky and i rather not make super long list of colour code but i will paste it later if you want to [ that will take anywhere from 6-9 pages long depending on your screen is.]

but majorty of modern european cords useally are

Brown = Hot conductor
Bleu = netural conductor
green with yellow stripe is for grounding conductor or earth

the other thing is what most of us mention the motor speed it will be faster on 60 HZ than on 50 HZ and also majorty of them are on 230 volts LINE to NETURAL not the same as our USA system it is 120 L- N setting


Merci, Marc
 
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Old 01-13-08, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by french277V View Post
colour

colours

Bleu

colour colour





Merci, Marc
I just love it when you talk like that.

I got the colors from wikipedia (tow guys post above) and I do understand that there are multiple variations but it seems the only conductor grey is accepted for is a phase conductor per IEC 60446 (supposed to be the C phase in the IEC world that is as grey in the US is ONLY used for a neutral). The green/yellow stripe is common and seen quite often as well as the "bleu" . I stopped with what I gave simply to avoid any confusion.

I really would like to see toothpilot come back and let us know he understands the 230 voltage situation and if it is applicable. I would hate to have somebody smoke an appliance or get upset because of the extreme, or even non-performance due to low voltage.
 
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Hi Toothpilot

Originally Posted by toothpilot View Post
Hi Johnnym, I just bought one of those same range hoods, and was wondering if you found the answer to the wiring code dilemma you were facing. Hope you can help and thank you.
We are planning to buy and install Fabyka island range hood. Can you please give me a feedback on the same since you have been using it for 6 months now. Also can you please tell me from where did you buy your range hood?
 
 

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