What colours are thermocouple cables?

In the UK and Europe, thermocouple cable colours are usually to IEC 60584-3 and are commonly referred to as 'IEC colours'.

In the USA and Australia, ANSI colour codes are more prevalent and these are shown in the table below alongside the colour codes for the most popular thermocouples in the UK according to IEC 60584-3.

Thermocouple Cable Colour Codes to IEC 60584-3

Thermocouple Colour Codes to IEC 60584-3 and ANSI/MC96.1
Thermocouple
Type
Extension and Compensating Cable Type International Colour Code to IEC 60584-3 American Colour Code
to ANSI/MC96.1
Extension
Cable

Compensating

Cable
K KX   IEC60584-3 Type K Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type K Thermocouple
  KCA IEC60584-3 Type K Thermocouple  
  KCB IEC60584-3 Type K Thermocouple  
T TX   IEC60584-3 Type T Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type T Thermocouple
J JX   IEC60584-3 Type J Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type J Thermocouple
N NX   IEC60584-3 Type N Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type N Thermocouple
  NC IEC60584-3 Type N Thermocouple  
E EX   IEC60584-3 Type E Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type E Thermocouple
R   RCA IEC60584-3 Type R Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type R Thermocouple
  RCB IEC60584-3 Type R Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type R Thermocouple
S   SCA IEC60584-3 Type R Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type S Thermocouple
  SCB IEC60584-3 Type R Thermocouple ANSI MC96.1 Type S Thermocouple