Color Code Charts

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The following paragraphs detail ICEA/NEMA color code methods. Charts detailing ICEA/NEMA Methods 1 and 3, which are referenced in the product pages of this catalog, are included herein. Industry standard generic Color Code Charts 1 through 5, which also are referenced in the product pages, follow the ICEA/NEMA charts.

ICEA/NEMA Method 1 – Colored insulation with contrasting ink tracers as required. Six different insulation colors and four different colored ink tracers are used to provide positive identification through 21 conductors. The same identification sequence may be repeated for cables containing more than 21 conductors.

ICEA/NEMA Method 2 – A neutral-colored compound is used with single or double spiral ink tracers as required to provide positive identification through 21 conductors. The identification sequence is repeated for cables containing more than 21 conductors.

ICEA/NEMA Method 3 – A neutral- or single-colored insulation compound is surface ink printed with both conductor number and color designation to provide positive identification through 21 conductors. The identification sequence is repeated for colors containing more than 21 conductors.

ICEA/NEMA Method 4 – A neutral- or single-colored insulation compound is surface ink printed with conductor number to provide positive conductor identification through 21 conductors. The identification sequence is repeated for cables containing more than 21 conductors.

ICEA/NEMA Method 5 – A color coding using braids. Also sometimes specified using colored insulation and contrasting tracers as an extension of Method 1 to eliminate duplicate conductors. Up to 127 positive conductor codings are available with this method.

ICEA/NEMA Method 9 – One conductor of each pair should be coded "white" or "black" and the other conductor should be coded with any other contrasting color. Pairs should be identified in sequence by printed numbers on at least one conductor in each pair, beginning with the number 1.

ICEA METHOD 1, Table E-1

Conductor No. Background or Base Color First Tracer Color Second Tracer Color Conductor No. Background or Base Color First Tracer Color Second Tracer Color
1 Black 20 Red Green
2 White 21 Orange Green
3 Red 22 Black White Red
4 Green 23 White Black Red
5 Orange 24 Red Black White
6 Blue 25 Green Black White
7 White Black 26 Orange Black White
8 Red Black 27 Blue Black White
9 Green Black 28 Black Red Green
10 Orange Black 29 White Red Green
11 Blue Black 30 Red Black Green
12 Black White 31 Green Black Orange
13 Red White 32 Orange Black Green
14 Green White 33 Blue White Orange
15 Blue White 34 Black White Orange
16 Black Red 35 White Red Orange
17 White Red 36 Orange White Blue
18 Orange Red 37 White Red Blue
19 Blue Red        

ICEA METHOD 1, Table E-2

Conductor No. Base Color Spiral Stripe Conductor No. Base Color Spiral Stripe
1 Black 19 Orange Blue
2 Red 20 Yellow Blue
3 Blue 21 Brown Blue
4 Orange 22 Black Orange
5 Yellow 23 Red Orange
6 Brown 24 Blue Orange
7 Red Black 25 Yellow Orange
8 Blue Black 26 Brown Orange
9 Orange Black 27 Black Yellow
10 Yellow Black 28 Red Yellow
11 Brown Black 29 Blue Yellow
12 Black Red 30 Orange Yellow
13 Blue Red 31 Brown Yellow
14 Orange Red 32 Black Brown
15 Yellow Red 33 Red Brown
16 Brown Red 34 Blue Brown
17 Black Blue 35 Orange Brown
18 Red Blue 36 Yellow Brown

NOTE: Color code repeats after 36 conductors. No green or white conductors/stripes.

ICEA METHOD 3

Conductor No. Printing Conductor No. Printing
1 1-Black 11 11-Blue-Black
2 2-White 12 12-Black-White
3 3-Red 13 13-Red-White
4 4-Green 14 14-Green-White
5 5-Orange 15 15-Blue-White
6 6-Blue 16 16-Black-Red
7 7-White-Black 17 17-White-Red
8 8-Red-Black 18 18-Orange-Red
9 9-Green-Black 19 19-Blue-Red
10 10-Orange-Black 20 20-Red-Green
    21 21-Orange-Green

NOTE: Color code repeats after 21 conductors.

Chart 1

Conductor No. Color
1 Black
2 Red
3 White
4 Light Green
5 Light Brown
6 Light Blue
7 Orange
8 Yellow
9 Violet
10 Gray
11 Pink
12 Tan

Chart 2

Conductor No. Color Conductor No. Color
1 Black with Red 14 Green with White
2 Black with White 15 Green with Blue
3 Black with Light Green 16 Green with Yellow
4 Black with Blue 17 Green with Brown
5 Black with Yellow 18 Green with Orange
6 Black with Brown 19 White with Blue
7 Black with Orange 20 White with Yellow
8 Red with White 21 White with Brown
9 Red with Light Green 22 White with Orange
10 Red with Blue 23 Blue with Yellow
11 Red with Yellow 24 Blue with Brown
12 Red with Brown 25 Blue with Orange
13 Red with Orange    

Chart 3

Conductor No. Color
2 Black, Red
4 Black, Red, Light Blue, Light Brown
6 Black, Red, Light Blue, Light Brown, Orange, Yellow
8 Black, Red, Light Blue, Light Brown, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Gray

Color Code Chart 4
Modified Western Electric

Pair No. Color Combination Pair No. Color Combination
1 White/Blue Stripe Blue 14 Black/Brown Stripe Brown/Black Stripe
2 White/Orange Stripe Orange 15 Black/Gray Stripe Gray/Black Stripe
3 White/Green Stripe Green 16 Yellow/Blue Stripe Blue/Yellow Stripe
4 White/Brown Stripe Brown 17 Yellow/Orange Stripe Orange/Yellow Stripe
5 White/Gray Stripe Gray/White Stripe 18 Yellow/Green Stripe Green/Yellow Stripe
6 Red/Blue Stripe Blue/Red Stripe 19 Yellow/Brown Stripe Brown/Yellow Stripe
7 Red/Orange Stripe Orange/Red Stripe 20 Yellow/Gray Stripe Gray/Yellow Stripe
8 Red/Green Stripe Green/Red Stripe 21 Purple/Blue Stripe Blue/Purple Stripe
9 Red/Brown Stripe Brown/Red Stripe 22 Purple/Orange Stripe Orange/Purple Stripe
10 Red/Gray Stripe Gray/Red Stripe 23 Purple/Green Stripe Green/Purple Stripe
11 Black/Blue Stripe Blue/Black Stripe 24 Purple/Brown Stripe Brown/Purple Stripe
12 Black/Orange Stripe Orange/Black Stripe 25 Purple/Gray Stripe Gray/Purple Stripe
13 Black/Green Stripe Green/Black Stripe    

Color Code Chart 5
Pair Identification Colors

For pairs numbering 1 through 25, the pair identification colors are outlined below. In cable constructions containing more than 25 pairs, the colors are repeated as necessary. Color coded binders are used to identify 25-pair groups of color.

Pair No. Tip Color Ring Color Pair No. Tip Color Ring Color
1 White Blue 14 Black Brown
2 White Orange 15 Black Slate
3 White Green 16 Yellow Blue
4 White Brown 17 Yellow Orange
5 White Slate 18 Yellow Green
6 Red Blue 19 Yellow Brown
7 Red Orange 20 Yellow Slate
8 Red Green 21 Violet Blue
9 Red Brown 22 Violet Orange
10 Red Slate 23 Violet Green
11 Black Blue 24 Violet Slate
12 Black Orange 25 Violet Slate
13 Black Green