PEC, NEC, IEC Grounded/Earthed Conductors

If you have been working with IEC standards or its derivative standards like the AS, it will be strange for you to learn that NEC and a derivative standard like the PEC use different colors for the insulation of grounded or earthed conductors.

Grounded or Earthed Conductor
Term NEC / PEC IEC / AS
Grounded Earthed
Identificaton (1) A continuous white outer finish.
(2) A continuous gray outer finish
(3) Three continuous white stripes along its entire length on other than green insulation.
(4) At the time of installation, by a distinctive white or gray marking at its terminations. This marking shall encircle the conductor or insulation.
Green/yellow insulation


Interface between these different standards will be very difficult. Thorough planning is required.

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Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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