TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control

Last updated date: June 22, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control

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Overall Take

What sets this string lights set with remote control above the rest is the ability to adjust the brightness. There are 10 different brightness settings, including flash and strobe. Since the lights are waterproof, they can be used indoors or outdoors. The strand also features eco-friendly insulation, which keeps the lights cool even after being left on for hours. In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the TaoTronics TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control placed 1st when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 22, 2020:
Checkout The Best String Lights for a detailed review of all the top holiday lights.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
24 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
4,976 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is an environmentally friendly product as it is equipped with the insulated copper wire. So even when you use it for a long time, the string still has the low temperature, allowing you to touch it with no worries.
- The Z8
August 10, 2019 | Full review
It features ten levels of brightness and adjustable strobe, smooth, and flash and creates vibrant, dynamic atmospheres. It is weatherproof thus ideal for wedding, holiday or Christmas.
- Top Best Spec
It comes with a multi-functional remote control allowing you to adjust on brightness, mode, speed, and on and off the power. Therefore, you can hold this small remote and choose the operation from a distance easily.
- Best Reviews Today
October 26, 2018 | Full review
The warm copper lights are perfect for creating a scintillating atmosphere. The flash/strobes can be controlled by a remote. The strings are easily moldable to take any shape of your choice.
- The Z9
August 23, 2019 | Full review
It remains cool even after lighting for long because of the low LED emission.
- Paramatan
August 15, 2019 | Full review
It is made of eco-friendly copper wire to keep LED’s safe and at low temperature after continuous usage for hours. It can easily be moulded into any shape around furniture’s, plants, windows, staircase, frames, etc.
- Electronics Hub
November 22, 2018 | Full review
The wires are insulated and won't be warm to touch even after hours of use. Comes with a remote control, so you don't have to go to the controller if you want to change the brightness and flashing mode.
- Ideaing
It comes with an advanced remote control that makes brightness adjustment and mode customization a piece of cake. The weatherproof light is perfect for outdoor events.
- Top Ten Product Review
August 23, 2019 | Full review
The LED light is bright enough to illuminate any dark corner or create a romantic setting. These lights are perfect for spicing up your décor or setting the mood for a party.
- All Top Guide
August 19, 2019 | Full review
The lights are environmentally friendly as they maintain the lights at low temperatures. The copper wires can be molded to fit your desired shape.
- Z7 Premium
July 7, 2019 | Full review
The dimmable set comes with 10 levels of brightness and is waterproofed for use outdoors and also insulated copper wire keeps the temperature low for improved energy efficiency and safety and allows you to mold the lights to suit your needs.
- 5 Product Reviews
August 24, 2019 | Full review
Are very durable, functional and affordable. The light weight copper wire with millet-size dots of LED bulbs are very nice.
- A Best Pro
May 16, 2019 | Full review
The lights are convenient as well as entirely safe for use. The adapter included is guaranteed with a UL certification, and it’s easily hidden away from children. Its cord is about 5-foot long.
- Home Kitchenary
There are many setting possibilities with this incredible string of lights. You can adjust the brightness as well as the flash type with a simple press of the remote buttons.
- Born Cute
February 26, 2019 | Full review
Comes with a remote controller that allows adjusting the brightness of lighting.
- Best Advisor
July 12, 2019 | Full review
They have every feature you could ever want: they’re malleable, safe, weatherproof and adjustable.
- The Spruce
August 3, 2019 | Full review
Are waterproof; flashing and strobe modes.
- Wiki EZ Vid
February 16, 2019 | Full review
Comes with a number of different setting and options, as well as remote to control them all. A great look at an unbeatable price. The wire is stiff, so you can bend or form the string however you wish.
- BestReviews
This item comes with capacity controller, so you can pick the correct mode that is useful for your own particular needs.
- Innotech Festival
Bulbs produce eco-friendly light since the insulated copper wires help to keep the lights at a low temperature so that the bulbs are safe to touch.
- All True Stuff
You can mold the copper lights into any shape you can think of. Twenty-four key remotes to control the LEDs. They are waterproof and designed to withstand light rain or water spills.
- Lamppedia
July 6, 2019 | Full review
The lights feature 10 levels of brightness, and they can be set to strobe to create an atmosphere. The bulbs are a white/yellow.
- NewAwning
8 brightness levels. Flash, Smooth and Strobe Modes. Are waterproof.
- Favorite Appliances
April 20, 2018 | Full review
It’s equipped with light-emitting diode chains complemented by an updated remote control with short-circuit protection, 10 adjustable brightness levels to create a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere.
- Technology Reviews
May 23, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It only comes in yellow.
- Home Kitchenary
The detection of the remote was a problem for a few buyers.
- Born Cute
February 26, 2019 | Full review
The range of the remote controller is quite short.
- Best Advisor
July 12, 2019 | Full review
Remote control's range isn't great.
- Wiki EZ Vid
February 16, 2019 | Full review
The remote is IR and very small, so you'll have to point it right at the controller to get it to work. Prepare to spend a little time untangling the string right out of the box.
- BestReviews
Sets cannot be plugged into each other and multiple sets require an extension cord.
- NewAwning
You cannot turn on lights manually without remote control.
- Favorite Appliances
April 20, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Item Package Quantity:1 | Size:33ft TaoTronics - Enhance Your Life Light Modes: - Constant On: Optional Brightness: 100%,90%,80%,70%,60%,50%,40%,30%,20%,10%; - Smooth Mode: Lights gradually fade in and out; Optional interval: 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s; -Flash Mode: Lights flash at a preset speed; Optional speed: 1Hz, 2Hz, 3Hz,FF(=fast flash). Specification: Color Temp.: 2700~2900K Length: 33ft String+ 5ft Adapter Cord No. of LEDs: 100 LED Lifespan: 20,000 Hours Input: AC 100~240V, 1A Output: DC 5V, 1A Receiver Range: 10m Working Temp.: -4~140°F Warm Tips 1. Do not apply excessive force or repetitively bend the same spot. 2. Do not extend the light or try to connect it with another lights. 3. TaoTronics offers 6-month extended warranty. 4. Remove the plastic gasket before using the remote control Package Includes: 1x33ft Lights 1xRemote(with Battery) 1xReceiver 1xAdapter 1xUser Guide 1xThank You Card FAQ: 1-Connected everything but it’s not working? The lights need to be turned on with the Remote. Notice: Please use with the Remote pointing to the remote receiver. 2-Can you shorten the lights? NO! Cutting the lights damages the product as the end of copper wires is welded; it also voids your product warranty. 3-Can i connect these to a timer? No. The LED string lights need to be turned on with the remote, so we do not suggest to use it with timer. 4-Is it safe to touch? or to hang on curtains or trees? Yes! The copper wire comes with insulation coating and is safe to touch; low heat emission LEDs are free of fire hazards. 5-My dog chewed up the remote, where can I buy a replacement? You can contact our customer service at support@taotronics.com for a free replacement of the remote. Feel free to contact us in case of any problem with the order.

Overall Product Rankings

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1. TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 24
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Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
Ehome String Lights
3. Ehome String Lights
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
Zoic Christmas String Lights
4. Zoic Christmas String Lights
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
Aluan Christmas Lights
5. Aluan Christmas Lights
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
Prextex Clear Wire Christmas Light Set
6. Prextex Clear Wire Christmas Light Set
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
Noma/Inliten Light Set
7. Noma/Inliten Light Set
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
Prextex Green Wire Light Set
8. Prextex Green Wire Light Set
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12APM String Lights
9. 12APM String Lights
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
Twinkle Star Star String Lights
10. Twinkle Star Star String Lights
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
Dailyart Globe String Lights
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Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Holiday Lights

Decorating your home or office with lights is an excellent way to get into a happy spirit. It’s even better when you can gather family or friends and put up the lights while listening to your favorite music. Before you plan your little get-together, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct lights with the right number of bulbs.

Read the product packaging to determine if the lights are safe to use outdoors. This is only important if you are planning an outdoor display. Just remember that outdoor lights can be used indoors, but indoor lights cannot be used outdoors. Indoor lights are not made to withstand wind, rain, snow and ice.

Check to see whether the lights have a green or white wire. For example, the Prextex Green Wire Light Set features green wiring in between each light, which blends in with the green foliage of an evergreen tree beautifully. A white wire would stick out in a tree but would look great across a white fireplace mantel.

Determine what type of lights you’d like, as there are a wide variety of choices. You could stick with all white lights or go with multicolored lights. You can opt for lights that flicker, flash or strobe. The TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control has 10 different brightness settings to choose from. Thanks to the handy remote, users can even change the setting from across the room.

Size is also important, as lights come in large, regular and mini sizes. Of course, you’ll need to read the product packaging to determine how long the strand is, as the number of lights doesn’t determine this. That’s because the lights may be spaced further apart on one set than another. Even though the Ehome String Lights has 100 regular-sized lights, it’s only 4 feet shorter than the Noma/Inliten Light Set, which features 300 mini lights.

When browsing similar models, look for any extras that may set one model above the others. Does the light set come with a few replacement bulbs? Is it powered by a USB port instead of batteries or an electrical outlet? Perhaps it’s made with bendable copper wire for easier placement around picture frames and banisters.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before electric bulbs were invented, evergreen trees were decorated with lit candles. After Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, it wasn’t long before his assistant, Edward Johnson, created lights specifically for use on evergreen trees. It took a little while before these lights caught on.

A young man by the name of Albert Sadacca decided to modify the lights after a tragic house fire was caused by the original decoration of a lit candle. He painted the lights for a more colorful glow, and this led the sale of the lights to take off.

Here are a few more facts you may find interesting about lights:

  • An astounding 20 million pounds of holiday lights are recycled each year in Shijiao, China.
  • Although President Grover Cleveland was the first to decorate an evergreen tree with lights inside the White House, it was President Calvin Coolidge who set up the first outdoor National holiday tree.
  • LED lights use 80% less energy than regular lights. The Rockefeller Center evergreen tree goes a step further by powering its LED lights with solar panels.
  • The Gay Family in LaGrangeville, New York, has the record for “Most Lights on a Residential Property.” They used an astounding 601,736 lights to decorate their home.

The Holiday Lights Buying Guide

  • Never use a light set that has frayed cords, empty sockets or exposed wiring.
  • Never add more strands than what is recommended in the product information sheet. This could pose a fire hazard.
  • When hanging outdoor lights, stick with light clips that are designed specifically for use with lights. Nails and screws work to secure the lights, but there is a risk you could puncture the cord and expose the wiring. You’ll also need to use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet with outdoor lights to protect against the winter elements.
  • Always conduct an inspection of any lights that you have from a previous year before using them again.
  • Look for a UL Safety Certification on the product label. This certification means that the lights have gone through testing and have been found to meet industry standards.
  • Festive lights don’t have to be stored away 11 months out of the year. They work great to accent a family portrait or a piece of wall art. They can be used to light up your banister or an outdoor walkway for better night vision.
  • If you have a strand or two of lights that no longer work, you can recycle them. Many organizations are willing to take the old lights off your hands because lights are made using copper, plastic and sometimes glass. All of these materials can be melted down to make new products, which reduces waste.
  • When comparing light prices, you’ll first need to take into account how many lights are on each strand. After that, look for any extras the light set may offer. For example, the Noma/Inliten Light Set has 300 lights per strand versus the 100 lights the other sets offer, so it commands a higher price. Although the TaoTronics String Lights with Remote Control has the same amount of lights as the Prextex Green Wire Light Set and the Ehome String Lights, it costs a little more due to its added remote control and multiple brightness options.