I use Boye hooks, they have a different head style from Susan Bates. I like the smaller, tapered head, especially when working with a yarn that is prone to split. I find them easier to use in smaller stitches. Now if I were to do popcorns, bullions, or other stitches with many wraps, I would switch to a Bates since the shaft and notch are easier to pull through multiple wraps.
Wrights is a US based company and Bates is UK based. You will find their leter sizes will be a bit different in mm equivalents. I find the surface of Boye aluminum to be just right (not too sticky, not too slick) and a feel much like the Bate Silvalume needles I own. My mom gave me two sets of Boye hooks (one a steel set for crochet thread) I also have a couple of Hero brand crochet hooks. I haven't looked for any Internet info on them... yet.
My thoughts on plastic or wood hooks: I expect them to be more sticky and also vulnerable to breaking. The light up ones are cute but I have a LED light on a head band if I need to knit or crochet in the dark.
I'm so relieved to discover that I'm not the only one using different hooks for different projects. I've got three different brands here, including Boye, and will experiment with all three on a particular project until I get a sense that one in particular is just right for the yarn and the pattern. Then I'll begin it.
Wasn't aware that Bates is UK based. Hmmm, so much for buying American! But that would explain the difference in stitch gauge for the same size hook! Still curious about those addi's, though. The knitting needles are such a dream....
Yes, I remember reading on another thread about your light and was intrigued by it right away. You could probably read with it too! Walmart's, right?
Appreciate all your help,