This set of lights is going to be put on my gazebo in the back yard for a little illumination. The bulbs on the light string are smaller than I thought they would be, but I like that because it will not be such a glaring light. The light covers are pretty thick. The modes are are many, but I am using the mode that keeps the lights on. I tried to show in the photos, how the lights can go off and on. The light is soft and pretty and it is the perfect size for the gazebo. A remote would have been nice, but it is not a problem to simply push the button on the string.