Question of the day- Can you install outlets on a sign circuit that are not associated with the sign? Man wants to install a parking lot light on a sign circuit and it won't overload the circuit. What say you?
I looked at some signs today. Some of those "receptacles" I talked about are actually switches (the disconnect) when I looked at them closely. I also saw receptacles tho. The ones in use were blowing up one of those temporary inflated signs. (the balloon looking thing and the sock man that keeps flipping in the air). Perhaps that is still considered a sign outlet and that circuit has only "sign" loads?
The entry sign cicuit as req. by 600.5(A) is to be a dedicated circuit, no other loads, but there are no requirements that a pole sign be dedicated, only that the circuit(s) be no larger than 20 amp, 600.5(B)(1).If the sign is exclusively neon it is limited to 30 amp 600.5.(B)(2)
George: I'm puzzled. Are you talking about a 'pylon' type sign? Or a sign of some other configuration out 'in the lot'?
IMHO, I see no reason why one could not have a light on with the sign circuitry, as long as it doesn't overload the circuits.
We have some signage that is tapped of of PL lighting (277V sign & PL Ltg); a 'few' floodlights mounted on a sign structure; albeit another circuit or two. And, yes, in a pinch, circuit capacity permitting, a pole light tapped from the "close" signage.
A few strip malls have a few wallpacks/floods that are powered from the canopy sign feed. (OK, no permit & hence no insp.)
This is just a sign not attached to the building and the contractor want's to extend the circuit for some site lighting. I submitted this question to Charlie Trout and will be interested in his response.