Identify foreign wiring


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Old 12-05-20, 11:46 AM
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Identify foreign wiring

Good afternoon:

As part of a renovation I am installing lit vanity mirrors in my master ensuite. I have roughed in power for both of them and given them a dedicated switch.

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/wByy9DmG/PXL-20201205-182955926.jpg" width="600" height="800"/>

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/fRbSgGTZ/PXL-20201205-183013259.jpg" width="600" height="800"/>

Theythey are identical vanities from the same manufacturer, but I am just noticing that for some reason they were made with different types of wire. A quick Google gave me mostly conflicting and non-descript results so I'm hopeful someone here will have experience with these wire types and what these colors represent.

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/hGkJvh8P/PXL-20201205-183032358.jpg" width="1067" height="800"/>

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/52kQcs6z/PXL-20201205-183211846.jpg" width="600" height="800"/>

(This one is black, brown, and blue if the picture quality isn't great)

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/YqRmRr7b/PXL-20201205-183117293.jpg" width="600" height="800"/>

<img src="https://i.postimg.cc/FsNL0fMY/PXL-20201205-183247246.jpg" width="600" height="800"/>

Appreciate any insight,
 
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Old 12-05-20, 12:46 PM
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What country did you order these lit mirrors from, I am guessing maybe Germany. It's been a long time since I dealt with equipment from Germany, but I seem to remember that I believe maybe the blue was neutral. You also better check what voltage the lights require, I am guessing 220 volts. I would first look for a wiring diagram in the installation instructions, after that I hope someone else here can help you more than I am able to.

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Old 12-05-20, 02:49 PM
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The first one, red is hot, blue is neutral and green is ground.

The second one is a bit odd, apparently a decade and a half ago, some European countries used Blue for hot, black for neutral (which seems odd). But ground should always be green or green/yellow stripe. You may need a multimeter/continuity tester to confirm which is which. I wouldn't rely just on colors.
 
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Old 12-05-20, 05:47 PM
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I would not trust any known wiring color code. Use an ohmmeter to be safe.
 
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