SIZE & PROPORTION
Choose the correct sized outdoor wall lighting fixture for the scale of your home by visualizing how the fixture will appear from the street. Selecting a small fixture for a larger home will take away from the visual presence of your home. We suggest measuring you existing outdoor wall fixture and determine if it is the appropriate size. If you have nothing to compare to, use an item found around your house; a balloon, shoe box, basketball any item which will help you determine an appropriate size. Another important decision is based on the location of the junction box (the junction box is where the fixture is mounted) If the junction box is high on the wall you need to pick a wall lighting fixture that mounts downward, if it is low then the outdoor fixture needs to mount upward facing.
STYLE & COLOR
Look for exterior wall lamps that complement your home's style. While you can often buy outdoor wall lights that are neutral enough to work with exterior features, you can make your home look distinctive by choosing unique sconces and wall lamps . Styles range from Traditional, Contemporary, Craftsman, Eclectic and Transitional. The style should reflect the type of house you live in and the fixture should reflect your personal taste.
Your outdoor wall lights should be durable and mount easily. Because outdoor wall lights are mounted and don't have a base or stand to steady them, buy sturdy styles that won't become loose or fall. Look for wall-mounted lamps made of aluminum, iron, brass, copper or bronze for quality; chrome and stainless-steel wall lighting fixtures are also sturdy and will not discolor easily. Better quality outdoor wall lighting fixtures tend to be made with more metal, they are usually more expensive and will hold up longer giving you a better return for your money.