Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 16
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Decman Not bad in my limited application
I will say these have been better for me than some of the other lights I got at big box stores. Granted I think I only used maybe 15 to 20 boxes of these (some red and some multicolor) and I think they are all working here in the 3rd season. That's a small portion of what I have out. The main problem I have with the dome lights is the directional nature of the light but that is perhaps a lesser peeve. The dispersion is better with the conical type. That said, I put out a bit over 50,000 lights this year with a large majority of them being the conical type with a good smattering if the LED C9's. And the C9's have been the absolute worst with the conical type right behind them. And don't even get me started on rope light quality variations. Ever since I started buying them (LED C9's) I end up losing maybe 1/3 each year. Some of those came from here. Some I already had die were brand new ones and I use the cord seals on all my main connections (I bought about 3 cases of those seals here this year) and keep everything up off the wet ground and sealed where practical. That all said, these dome lights fared better than average on lasting. I'm considering going all the way to commercial lights for the long term (commercial grade strings and some retrofit C9's). (Not to mention my aggravation that the local stores carried very little stock this year - including my closest HD) I put out 40 new strings of the commercial grade lights this year and not a single light has gone out after a LOT of rain. Getting back on topic in my long winded way...But in terms of the big box store lights I will say these older dome lights I bought have held up better and compare more favorably to the commercial lights (which cost about 2 or more times as much on a good day). Granted I only bought a few more this year so I can't say for sure the quality continues to be the same this year as from years past for the long run. Like some people alluded though. It is a lot of work putting up a lot of lights and who wants a big portion of them to die before even one season is over ? Who has time to redo them ? If you have that happening you have not saved anything on the whole. But if you get a good enough deal and use them somewhere a few going out won't show then these cheaper ones can serve well enough and save some $$$. For instance I have 3 large ornaments made of chicken wire and wrapped with these dome lights (800 lights on each one - about 2 ft in diameter each). I'm not sure I could spot it if just one string of those went out. They are pretty dense and thus forgiving if some do die. (see picture) These are in season 2 and I have not noticed any out. So yeah, better than the conical lights from those other guys for durability if you can overlook the directional light that occasionally blinds you a little.
December 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by phin Bright Lights!
These are great, bright, real red light strings! UL listing is a huge plus!!!
January 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NewHomeowner Love color; half not working
I bought 3 boxes of the red and 5 boxes of the green (8 total), all went up the day after Thanksgiving. Within a week, 5 strings stopped working. It is so frustrating b/c it was a lot of work and we spent quite a bit of money on Christmas lights, just to have them stop working within a few days. I thought LED were supposed to last?! Will try replacing fuses, but not sure these are worth it if the fuse goes out so quickly. Disappointed...
December 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Drew117 Pretty red
I purchased these lights to put in a basket of poinsettias. The color is so brilliant it made them pop. They made the flowers so pretty against the green folliage.
January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fig Good lights, bright, fairly even output for a dome.
These are bright, good color representation and uniformity, they do have a hotspot, but are visible at off angles. Bottom line, for a dome, they are bright and durable, but if you want a light that looks bright at all angles of view, get a non-dome light set.
December 30, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by TJ Nice at first...but 3 of 5 strings failed after one season
If you buy these, plan to throw away half more of the strings each year.
I loved the color and intensity but 3 of 5 strings I bought last year failed by the end of the season. The bulbs don't burn out but the strings fail, either half a string at a time or a full string.
I'd gladly pay more for better quality manufacturing of the sockets in order not to have to throw them away each year.
December 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by practical1 Save energy and looks great
Save energy and better illumination than incandescent, using for 3 weeks and works well...
December 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ClassicDecorator Look great combined with white lights
I used these with white lights for holiday decorating and they look great. They're a true red, not orange and not at all hard on the eyes. Glad I bought them!
December 15, 2015