Hi Michele --- I am a noob so take my answers and then research, but the full wave he is referring to is "full wave" vs "half wave" or 120 refreshes per second vs only 60. All LED lights actually flip on and off at a very high rate of speed. Half wave, do this at 60 Hertz, which can be noticed as a flicker. "Full Wave", as Jtomason suggested, have a frequency of 120 Hertz, and do not appear to flicker, and also dim properly. As for with or without effect, I think that becomes opinion. I personally would prefer without so that I have the most control using the sequencer. Sure I may give up on chasing lights within one singular strand, but given we are directing an entire show I would rather give up a simple "chase" for a more controled and defined pattern. RGB LED's flexible light strip is simply a strip of LED's in which you can control the color, usually via an assocaited controller. There are options with LOR to control RGB lights, but they are not your "standard" 16 channel controllers for example. LED rope light, is a differnt style of LED's. Instead of having sockets like a standard string of lights, these have lights within the string itself. Here is an example of a rope light: http://www.amazon.com/Spacing-Christmas-Lighting-outdoor-lighting/dp/B001G7HS6U/ref=lp_15704861_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1419838497&sr=1-4 and here is an example of an RGB LED Strip, which also have the leds within the strip vs using "sockets". http://www.amazon.com/32-8Ft-600LEDs-Water-resistant-Flexible-Lighting/dp/B00JYVEQ42/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1419838628&sr=1-6&keywords=led+rgb+strip Usually the LED strips come with self adhesive tape on the back. They can be bought for simple indoor use, or with waterproof (ip67) ratings. I use them personally on my boat and trailer. Hopefully I pointed you in the right direction.