I love the vintage look of copper hose pots for coiling up my water hose when not in use. But isn't copper famous for its electrical conductivity properties? Will a shiny pot outside attract lightning?
No more than any other metal ornamentation (eg wrought iron railings, wind vanes, metal fence posts, etc).
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if the pot is the highest thing outside, yes, it can attract lightning. most likely you have houses, trees, light posts, etc. in the area, so don't worry.
you could have a flashover from a metal-sided house to the pot in case of a strike, but otherwise the discharge would loop to ground from the siding, or follow some inside wiring. so the pot itself is not going to void your insurance.
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