Get Your Colors Straight with Phase It Right from Rack-a-Tiers

When you’re dealing with highly charged electrical wires, there’s not a lot of room for error and misidentification. Unless you’re interested in a literal jolt to start your day or perhaps going for that Bride of Frankenstein look with your hair, it’s best not to mess with electrical wires during installation. However, as any commercial electrician will tell you, install jobs can get confusing in a hurry.

Aside from running a lot of line as you wire up a new building, you are likely to be installing several different cable bundles. In most cases, this is going to take a lot of time and require a good deal of care. As we mentioned above, electrical wires are obviously nothing to mess with. Keep it all straight at your next job with Phase It Right pre-printed color wire markers.

Why Colors?

There’s a very simple reason that color was introduced to electrical wiring in the first place. The wires for AC and DC power distribution branch circuits are colored coded to allow for the quick and easy identification of individual wires. It’s important to note that these color codes are different in the United States and Canada, so it’s always a good idea to double check the standards before ordering Phase It Right color wire markers from Rack-a-Tiers. For a quick reference guide, see below:

  • US National Electrical Code (AC)
    • White/grey for neutral power conductor and bare copper
    • Green/green with yellow stripe for protective ground
    • Line/single phase is black or red
    • Line/3-Phase (Label L1) is black, with accepted alternate brown
    • Line/3-Phase (L2) is red, with accepted alternate orange
    • Line/3-Phase (L3) is blue, with accepted alternate yellow
    • Canadian Electric Code (AC)
      • Protective ground is green or green/yellow
      • Neutral is white
      • Line/single phase is black or red
      • Line/3-Phase (L1) is red
      • Line/3-Phase (L2) is black
      • Line/3-Phase (L3) is blue

Why Do Color Codes Matter?

The answer to this question is both easy, and two-fold. First and foremost, it ensures your safety as an electrician during installation and also provides for proper installation. You wouldn’t want to finish an entire job only to find that at one juncture in the wiring process the wrong lines were run to a certain location or from the wrong circuit.

Additionally, Phase It Right color wire markers and colored wires just make it easier to do your job. Rather than keep constant track of which wires you are running from each individual circuit to a particular location, you’ll know for sure just by first sight that you are running the proper lines based upon color. Phase It Right color wire markers ensures an added layer of protection by making it even easier to identify and label certain wires.

Phase It Right

There’s nothing fancy about this Rack-a-Tiers product. The Phase It Right pre-printed wire markers ensure that your electrical wires are always labeled correctly from the get go, so you can safely and efficiently finish any commercial electrical installation. As we noted above, it’s important to double check the Canadian and US books for color coding before you order to ensure your installations go smooth.

The choice is simple really. You can spend twice as much time carefully tracking all your wires during an installation, or enjoy immediate recognition of any wire based upon US/Canadian electrical codes to breeze through installation with no concerns or mix-ups.

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