Does the manufacturer's label or instruction sheet say "15 amp circuit" or does is say "minimum 15 amp circuit". There's a big difference. If it says minimum some where, then you're okay with the 20 amp protected circuit. If it says 15 amp only, then that is what you must use. You see, manufacturers lables and instruction sheets are enforcable by the inspector, and the installing electrician is also bound by them. See NEC §110.3(B)
110.3 Examination, Identification, Installation, and Use of Equipment.
(B) Installation and Use. Listed or labeled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling.
My apologies then. I wonder if this is another case of Chinese translation? Some of them are pretty funny.
In that case, as long as these recptacles are not in the kitchen, have at it. I see no problem doing it this way. Those instructions are pretty vague and do not say "only" a 15 amp circuit. I cannot see any reason to specifically require a 15 amp lighting circuit.
Krowbar... just out of curiosity, what brand is this vent hood? I'd say a good 3/4 of all vent hoods I install are Broan or NuTone (same thing), and their instructions read well. I agree with Speedy that this is probably a bad Chinese to English translation. I was wiring up a piece of equipment the other day who's instructions cautioned the installer to wear mittens! I think they meant gloves. Mittens are terribly hard to work in.
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