At Christmas time I wanted one of these for my house. I went to Boscov because they had one for around $35 dollars. When we got it home I was very disappointed that it did not work..when I returned it the salesperson said they had a lot of them returned for not working. When I saw this one I was super excited since I still wanted one. I love the lights they run through a continuous program of blinking on and off and displaying different patterns and color combos. You are unable to control the speed or the pattern which I do not find to be a problem since I love it just the way it is. It does not come with a remote so you will need a timer or manually unplug it. It is recommended for 6 hrs on time and 30 mins off to cool. I have only tried it inside since I received this after Christmas. I do wish you could change the colors for different holidays or to match your Christmas decor. I received this product at a discount. All my reviews are based on my own experience and evaluation of the product so that others can benefit in finding quality products that meet their needs & expectations.