Unlike most indoor sconces, which are often purely decorative, outdoor fixtures have to be tough and functional enough to perform well under stress from environmental factors. The best outdoor sconces fulfill their dual role as functional decorations to be durable enough to survive outdoors while appearing as refined enough to complement its surroundings. When selecting outdoor sconces fixtures, be careful not to confuse them with fixtures intended for indoor use. Outdoor wall lights are designed to keep the bulbs, which are usually hidden behind glass or plastic.
In contrast, the interior fixtures are usually designed to support the sails, which makes them pretty useless outdoors. An important factor to consider when choosing fixtures is the environment in which they are installed. Many people choose to hang one or two outdoor fixtures outside the entrances to their homes to light the doors.
If your door is not immune, remember that fixtures can be exposed to sunlight, wind, rain or snow. These elements can potentially cause damage to fixtures or finish to disappear. Not all exterior fixtures are unprotected. Sometimes they hang below a protected door, maybe covered by an overhang or awning. At other times, outdoor sconces are used to provide lighting in porches or terraces.