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Does my geographical location affect the type of lantern I should purchase?Updated 2 years ago

Geographical location must be a factor in your selection. Mountain populations deal with altitude and large temperature swings between summer and winter, while those near the ocean have salty sea air that leaves a film on surfaces. Wind is a factor in the central plains to the Midwest, and on the East coast where hurricanes are frequent. Perhaps it rains quite often where you are, or maybe it’s arid and fires can be easily sparked. Your location dictates the type of material, window casing, and mount type for your lantern to ensure it can stand up to Mother Nature’s elements.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) ratings indicate at which conditions each lighting fixture should be used. Lanterns for wet and damp areas are manufactured with seals and gaskets to prevent water from accumulating on electrical parts. Here are the three rating types:

Wet-rated: For areas that are fully exposed to the elements like rain, snow, and heavy fog or salt air.

Damp-rated: For areas that are protected from water and excessive moisture (such as salt air).

Dry-rated: Should not be used outdoors.

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