Installation Guidelines




With effect from 1 July 2007, colour for identification of conductors in fixed electrical installations will be changed, and the details are shown in Table 1 and the Code of Practice for the Electricity (Wiring) Regulations (CoP).

Table 1 - Change of Cable Colour Code
Table 1 - Change of Cable Colour Code

The change is applicable to all new electrical installations as well as addition & alteration to existing electrical installations. Existing installations with cables adopting the old cable colour code will not be affected.

A Working Group on the Review of Cable Colour Code in Hong Kong comprising members from the trade and industry was established in year 2003 to study the cable colour change issue in Hong Kong. In mid 2004, the Working Group proposed to adopt the new cable colour code in Hong Kong. The change was then endorsed by the Electrical Safety Advisory Committee in September 2004.

The new cable colour code complies with the requirements of relevant national and international standards (such as IEC 60446, EN 60446, BS EN 60446 and BS 7671) and has been adopted by the majority of the western countries (e.g. UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal etc.).

Existing Colour and New Colour
Existing Colour & New Colour