i put some outdoor ceiling fans on my deck last year, but they didn't come with light kits. the light kits seem kinda costly. i lucked into one at a thrift store that's working fine, and looking at a couple at a local hardware store but they say damp rated.
the fans are fully exposed to weather so if there's a real difference in the ratings i guess i shouldn't take chances. but i'm thinking of times when i've seen a outside door light with just a bare bulb, and the light i found at the thrift store seems ok. truthfully i don't know what, if any, rating it might have. it was made in a way that looked like it would be hard for water to get in. i did try to make sure it was sealed though, and put a rubber washer where the switch mounts just in case. it's been through a few good rains already.
think i can use the damp rated ones or keep looking? thanks.