These brilliantly luminescent string and rope lights speak volumes about the long way LEDs have come in design, functionality and performance. Sensors turn these on automatically at dusk and off at dawn. Select in lengths for single spots or group to cover larger areas. Finally, if you have the legacy (and often dangerous) electric tree lights, you can eliminate the mess of electrical cords and decorate in hard-to-reach spots.
Christmas all year long? That's one way to look at it. But suddenly I am seeing string lights all over the place. Some neighbors got hooked and just kept them up. Tree gone. Lights stay. And as a colorful design and illumination accessory, or under a patio or umbrella? Cool.