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Old 2009-07-20, 11:24 AM
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hi all, i noticed that the electrician used 3 different colored electrical wires in my house. blue, white and yellow. anyone know why? what's the difference between the colors?
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Old 2009-07-20, 12:15 PM
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They indicate different types of circuits. ie. Yellow may indicate a 240V range receptacle and blue may indicate a GFI circuit. I don't know the exact colour to application rules and somebody else may know better but it does signify different circuit types.

White is your standard 14/2 romex cable for lights and switches.
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Old 2009-07-20, 12:23 PM
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When you say "electrical wires", are you referring specifically to the electrical/power supply throughout the house (i.e. black, white and ground wires for receptacles and light fixtures) or are you talking about wiring in the general sense?

Phone, cable, etc. cabling may have different colour sheathing, is that what you are talking about?
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Old 2009-07-20, 12:25 PM
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i'm talking about the thick electrical wires for all the lights and switches, etc that they install along with plumbing and vents. Mark and Linda answered my question.

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When you say "electrical wires", are you referring specifically to the electrical/power supply throughout the house (i.e. black, white and ground wires for receptacles and light fixtures) or are you talking about wiring in the general sense?

Phone, cable, etc. cabling may have different colour sheathing, is that what you are talking about?
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Old 2009-07-20, 01:33 PM
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The correct answer is:

Blue - arc fault protected circuits (required for bedrooms)
Yellow - 20 amp circuits - required for kitchen counter outlets now that we don't have split circuit anymore. This is usually 12 gauge rather than the 14g waire for 15 amp circuits
White - everything else

The 240v circuits are usually 3 phase and done with much larger cable.
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