For a plug-in motorized awning, does the outlet need to be on a separate (GFI) circuit?
it will depend on the amperage of the awning motor, but I expect you can have it as an extension of an existing outlet, but if it is outside or exposed to the elements, then it will need to be GFCI protected.
The requirement for a GFCI is based on height and not use. It is unlikely that the receptacle will be low enough that it will be considered a "general use" receptacle.
Based on that assumption, I would not use a GFCI receptacle unless specifically requested by the client.
Is it wrong to use a GFCI receptacle? No it is not, but it is likely not necessary.
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