It has aluminum alloy finish and has a silver finish. It looks more attractive than black plastic that is common and I have used in the past.
To turn the light on you need to use a pin (included in the package along with hanging hardware) and push it into a very small hole at the top part of the plastic lens covering the LED lights. This needs to be just one when you want to activate the light.
The template for mounting the light is included in the package as well as the mounting hardware. It is a nice light but does not have my favorite mode of operation "On only when motion is detected" which uses less power and works better in New England climate as we don't always get long sunny days to fully recharge the battery.
You can find it on Amazon by following this link.
Ali Julia review ★★★★★