Correct way to terminate an unused circuit


Old 09-15-17, 05:49 AM
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Correct way to terminate an unused circuit

This on a light pole in a parking lot with wires run through underground conduit. The breaker panel is about 100' from the pole. There were 4 lights on the pole, 120 volt, 500 watts each.

The old set up: 2 circuits, each went to a light sensor that controlled two 500 watt lights. The light sensors are rated for 1800 watts each.

New set up: I replaced the 500 watt fixtures, with 100 watt LED fixtures. Now 1 light sensor controls all 4 lights. Everything works fine. This left me with an unused hot conductor in the junction box that I capped with a wire nut and taped up. I put a tag on it with the breaker number that it's connected to. The breaker is off and labeled "Spare light pole".

Is the OK? Our town follows NEC with a few exceptions, but none of them are related to unused circuits. If required, I could terminate that wire in the breaker panel, remove the breaker and install a blank cover, but is that really needed?

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