There are a range of materials that can be used for wall mounted lights, whether they are made for indoor use or are able to be placed outdoors. According to interior designer Nate Berkus, wall mounted lights will last their longest when they are made from quality materials such as chrome, steel, or aluminum. That's not to say that you can't enjoy a plastic wall mounted light just as much, but these less durable materials may need replacing more often and will usually not be suitable for outdoor use.
An often overlooked area when purchasing battery operated lighting, both internal and external construction is very important. Mass produced lighting is often made from injection molded plastics which can leave open seams or rough edges. These can be both unsightly and sharp, potentially leading to cuts on your skin when installing the light. Kelly Behun suggests taking the time to look at the quality of construction on the exterior of the light before making your purchase. Often a well made exterior can be a sign of a well made interior too.
When searching for a light that can fit into your decor, interior designer Noz Nozawa suggests you decide early on if you want to blend or contrast. Blending your light's aesthetic into your existing decor can make the room tie together seamlessly, while going with a bold and contrasting aesthetic can help make the light a conversation piece or eye-catching addition to your decorative elements.
According to Frances Merrill, the color of your active lighting as well as the fixture can have a huge impact on your mental health and relaxation. Warm golden glows can help calm your nerves and relax you, while brighter white lighting can stimulate brain activity and encourage productivity. If you are installing your light in a home office, opt for brighter white lighting and exterior colors. If you will instead have your new lighting in a bedroom or living room, a golden glow and warmer hue may be more desirable.