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Old 05-17-2019, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default Soffit receptacle - rule for circuit

Hi all, been going through the code , and maybe it’s staring me in the face, but I can’t find specifics on circuit requirements for soffit receptacles. I found specifics for covers, depending on the location. Some older handbooks I have state they can either be off outside receptacle circuit, any lighting circuit inside. However as mentioned, I can’t see this referenced anywhere.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:30 PM   #2
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There is no code. They can be off any circuit you want, with some exceptions of course. If it is above 2.5 meters from the ground it also does not have to be GFI protected.
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Was doing a service call for a customer last week anyhow looked up at the soffit receptacle and saw a heat tape plugged in for the gutter they didn't change out the receptacle to a gfci damn competition
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You can take it off of most of the circuits in a building, with the exceptions of the dedicated receptacles.

Remember that it will have to be GFCI protected if installed under 2.5M from the ground, and it will have to be AFCI protected if installed on a dwelling unit.

The last home I did soffit receptacles on, we had an AFCI circuit for the outdoor receptacles. We came off of the load side of the front door GFCI, went to the switch, then to the 3 soffit receptacles. With this way, you don't have to climb a ladder to replace or reset the GFCI.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, as others mentioned the GFCI for anything 2.5m above grade or below is the only requirement for a general-purpose receptacle. §26-722

Beyond that, if it's outdoors it'll need a coverplate intended for wet locations (not extra-duty just normal). §26-708
& AFCI §26-656
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