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British Standard cable colours

British Standard cable colours

Cables sorted by circuit

Circuit Alt Body Trace System 1 Brown Power 2 Brown Blue Power 3 Brown Red
Circuit
Alt Body
Trace
System
1
Brown
Power
2
Brown
Blue
Power
3
Brown
Red
Power
4
Brown
Purple
Power
5
Brown
Green
Power
6
Brown
Lt Green
7
Brown
White
Instruments
8
Brown
Yellow
Power
9
Brown
Black
Power
10
Brown
Pink
11
Brown
Slate
Power
12
Brown
Orange
Fuel
13
Blue
Lamps-head
14
Blue
Brown
Lamps-head
15
Blue
Red
Lamps-head
16
Blue
Purple
17
Blue
Green
18
Blue
Lt Green Wipers
19
a
Blue
White
Lamps-head
19
b
Blue
White
Lamps-head
19
c
Blue
White
Warnings
19
d
Blue
White
Lamps-driving
20
Blue
Yellow
Lamps-driving
21
Blue
Black
Lamps-head

Function

Main battery power

Control box power to ignition and lighting switches

Compression ignition aid or main battery power to double pole ignition switch

Alternator regulator power

Alternator/dynamo field connection to control box

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Ammeter to control box/main alternator terminal

Alternator to warning light

Alternator battery sensing lead

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Starter relay to starter solenoid

Fuel/diesel shutoff

Head lamp switch to dip switch

Head lamp relay to head lamp fuse

Dip switch to dipped head lamp fuse

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Head lamp wiper motor to head lamp wash pump motor

Dip switch to main beam fuse

Head lamp flasher to main beam fuse

Dip switch main beam warning light

Long range driving lamp switch to dip switch

Long range driving lamp switch to lamp

Fuse to RH main head lamp

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British Standard cable colours

22 Blue Pink Lamps-head 23 Blue Slate Lamps-head 24 Blue Orange Lamps-head 25 Red Wipers
22
Blue
Pink
Lamps-head
23
Blue
Slate
Lamps-head
24
Blue
Orange
Lamps-head
25
Red
Wipers
26
Red
Brown
Lamps-fog
27
Red
Blue
Lamps-fog
28
Red
Purple
Accessories
29
Red
Green
Lamps-side
30
Red
Lt Green
31
a
Red
White
Lamps-side
31
b
Red
White
Instruments
31
c
Red
White
Instruments
31
d
Red
White
Instruments
32
Red
Yellow
Lamps-fog
33
Red
Black
Lamps-side
34
Red
Pink
Lamps
35
Red
Slate
Lamps-side
36
Red
Orange
Lamps-fog
37
Purple
Accessories
38
Purple
Brown
Horn
39
Purple
Blue
Accessories
40
Purple
Red
Accessories
41
Purple
Green
Lamps-hazard
42
Purple
Lt Green Accessories
43
a
Purple
White
Accessories
43
b
Purple
White
Lamps-side
44
Purple
Yellow
Horn

Fuse to LH main head lamp

Fuse to LH main beam or inboard head lamps if independently fused

Fuse to RH dip head lamp

Power from sidelights switch

Switch to rear fog lamps

Power to front fog lamp switch

Map, engine bay, glove box or boot lights if switched by sidelights

Lamp failure unit to RH side and rear lamps

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Fuse to RH side and rear lamps

Fuse to instrument light dimmer, or light or map light

Fuse to instrument light switch

Fuse to fibre optics lamp

Switch to front fog lamps

Fuse to LH side and rear lamps and number plate lamps

Fuse to lighting relay

Lamp failure unit to LH side and rear lamps

Fuse to rear fog lamps

Accessories connected to battery, not via ignition switch

Horn relay

Heated rear light relay or switch and warning light

Map, engine bay, glove box or boot lights if directly powered

Hazard flasher

Demister relay

Interior lights

Door safety lights to switch

Horn to relay

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British Standard cable colours

45 Purple Black Horn Horn relay to switch 46 Purple Pink Accessories Heated rear light
45
Purple
Black
Horn
Horn relay to switch
46
Purple
Pink
Accessories
Heated rear light to switch or relay
47
Purple
Slate
Accessories
Aerial motor to "up" switch
48
Purple
Orange
Accessories
Aerial motor to "down" switch
49
Green
Accessories
Accessories connected via ignition switch
50
Green
Brown
Lamps-reverse
Reversing lamp to switch
51
Green
Blue
Instruments
Water temperature sender to gauge
52
Green
Red
Lamps-direction LH indicators to switch
53
a
Green
Purple
Lamps-stop
Stop lamps to switch
53
b
Green
Purple
Warnings
Lamp failure unit to switch
54
a
Green
Lt Green Lamps-hazard
Hazard flasher to warning light
54
b
Green
Lt Green Lamps-stop
Stop lamps to lamp failure unit
55
Green
White
Lamps-direction RH indicators to switch
56
Green
Yellow
Accessories
Switch to heater motor ("slow" on 3-speed)
57
Green
Black
Instruments
Fuel gauge or voltage stabiliser to tank units or
changeover switch
58
Green Pink
Lamps-direction Fuse to flasher unit
59
a
Green
Slate
Accessories
Switch to heater motor ("fast" on 3-speed)
59
b
Green
Slate
Warnings
Coolant level to warning light
60
Green
Orange
Warnings
Fuel level to warning light
61
Lt Green
Instruments
Voltage stabiliser to instruments
62
Lt Green Brown
Lamps-direction Switch to flasher unit
63
a
Lt Green Blue
Warnings
Flasher unit to LH warning light
63
b
Lt Green Blue
Instruments
Sensor to coolant level control unit
63
c
Lt Green Blue
Instruments
Test switch to coolant level control unit
64
a
Lt Green Red
Instruments
Fuel tank switch to RH tank unit
64
b
Lt Green Red
Accessories
Entry/exit door closed switch to door actuator
65
Lt Green Purple
Warnings
Flasher unit to warning light
66
a
Lt Green Green
Accessories
Start inhibit relay to change speed switch
66
b
Lt Green Green
Accessories
Switch to heater motor ("medium" on 3-speed)
67
Lt Green White
Warnings
Sensor to low air pressure buzzer and warning light
68
a
Lt Green Yellow
Warnings
Flasher unit to RH warning light

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British Standard cable colours

68 b Lt Green Yellow Warnings 69 Lt Green Black Accessories 70 Lt Green Pink
68
b
Lt Green Yellow
Warnings
69
Lt Green Black
Accessories
70
Lt Green Pink
Lamps-hazard
71
a
Lt Green Slate
Instruments
71
b
Lt Green Slate
Accessories
72
a
Lt Green Orange
Accessories
72
b
Lt Green Orange
Accessories
73
White
Ignition
74
a
White
Brown
Warnings
74
b
White
Brown
Engine
75
a
White
Blue
Warnings
75
b
White
Blue
Ignition
76
a
White
Red
Engine
76
b
White
Red
Instruments
77
White
Purple
Fuel
78
White
Green
Fuel
79
a
White
Lt Green Engine
79
b
White
Lt Green Engine
79
c
White
Lt Green Engine
80
White
Yellow
Ignition
81
a
White
Black
Ignition
81
b
White
Black
Instruments
82
White
Pink
Accessories
83
White
Slate
Instruments
84
White
Orange
Warnings
85
a
Yellow
Engine
85
a
Yellow
Fuel
85
a
Yellow
Engine
85
b
Yellow
Accessories
86
a
Yellow
Brown
Fuel
86
b
Yellow
Brown
Accessories

Switch to differential lock warning light

Switch to screen washer motor - front

Hazard flasher to switch

Fuel tank switch to LH tank unit

Entry/exit door open switch to door actuator

Switch to screen washer motor - rear

Switch to cab lock-down warning light

Ignition switch or starter solenoid to ballast resistor

Oil pressure switch to warning light or gauge

Oil pressure switch to starter relay

Choke switch to choke solenoid and/or warning light

Electronic distributor to drive resistor

Starter switch to solenoid or inhibitor or relay

Ignition to lamp failure unit

RH fuel pump to changeover switch

LH fuel pump to changeover switch

Starter switch to interlock

Oil pressure switch to fuel pump

Inhibitor to starter relay or solenoid

Ballast resistor or starter to coil

Coil to contact breaker

Coil to voltage impulse tachometer

Ignition switch to radio

Coil to current operated tachometer

Switch to hazard light warning lamp

Overdrive

Fuel injector #1

Gear selector switch to starter switch

Door locks

Fuel injector #2

Door locks

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British Standard cable colours

87 a Yellow Blue Fuel 87 b Yellow Blue Accessories 87 c Yellow Blue Engine
87
a
Yellow
Blue
Fuel
87
b
Yellow
Blue
Accessories
87
c
Yellow
Blue
Engine
88
a
Yellow
Red
Fuel
88
b
Yellow
Red
Accessories
89
a
Yellow
Purple
Fuel
89
b
Yellow
Purple
Accessories
89
c
Yellow
Purple
Engine
90
a
Yellow
Green
Fuel
90
b
Yellow
Green
Accessories
90
c
Yellow
Green
Engine
91
a
Yellow
Lt Green Fuel
91
b
Yellow
Lt Green Accessories
92
a
Yellow
White
Fuel
92
b
Yellow
White
Accessories
93
Yellow
Black
Accessories
94
Yellow
Pink
Accessories
95
Yellow
Slate
Accessories
96
Yellow
Orange
Accessories
97
Black
98
Black
Brown
Instruments
99
Black
Blue
Instruments
100
Black
Red
Instruments
101
Black
Purple
Warnings
102
Black
Green
Cooling
103
Black
Lt Green Warnings
104
Black
White
Warnings
105
Black
Yellow
Instruments
106
Black
Pink
107
Black
Slate

Fuel injector #3

Door locks

Overdrive

Fuel injector #4

Door locks

Fuel injector #5

Door locks

Overdrive

Fuel injector #6

Door locks

Overdrive

Fuel injector #7

Door locks

Fuel injector #8

Door locks

Door locks

Door locks

Door locks

Door locks

All earth connections

Tachometer generator to tachometer

Tachometer generator to tachometer

Electronic speedometer to sensor

Temperature switch to warning light

Radiator fan motor from relay

Brake vacuum or differential switch to warning light

Brake fluid level & hand brake switch to warning lamp; or radio to speakers

Electric speedometer

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British Standard cable colours

108 Black Orange 109 Slate 110 Slate Brown 111 Slate Blue 112 Slate Red 113
108 Black
Orange
109 Slate
110 Slate
Brown
111 Slate
Blue
112 Slate
Red
113 Slate
Purple
114 Slate
Green
115 Slate
116 Slate
White
117 Slate
Yellow
118 Slate
Black
119 Slate
Pink
120 Slate
Orange
121 Orange
122 Orange
Blue
123 Orange
Green
124 Orange
Black
125 Orange
Purple
126 Orange
White
127 Orange
Yellow
128 Orange
129 Orange
Pink
130 Orange
Slate
131 Orange
Brown
132 Orange
Red
133 Pink
White

Cooling

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories Accessories Accessories Accessories Radiator fan motor to thermal switch Electric windows power

Radiator fan motor to thermal switch

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

Wiper circuits from ignition switch

Switch to front motor slow or timer or intermittent unit

Switch to front motor fast

Switch to front motor parking circuit or timer or intermittent unit

Intermittent unit to motor parking circuit

Intermittent unit to motor parking circuit

Switch to head lamp wiper or rear motor, timer or relay

Switch to head lamp wiper or rear motor parking circuit, timer or relay

Lt Green Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Accessories

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers

Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers Wipers Lt Green Wipers Wipers Timer or relay to head lamp or

Lt Green Wipers

Wipers

Timer or relay to head lamp or rear motor

Wipers

Timer or relay to head lamp or rear motor parking circuit

 

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Ignition

Ballast resistor to distributor

Based on BS-AU7a 1983. The "Alt" column disguishes different uses for the same colour code, and the "System" column is my own addition.

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British Standard cable colours

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

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