I like the fact that these lanterns can be used over and over again. They can also be used outside without worrying about weather. They look fine without a light in them, but......with a light in them (I used the 3 LED Hanging Battery Terminal) they lack the luminous glow of a paper lantern. The light shown down in a stream - like the stream of a flashlight - instead of spreading throughout the lantern. In this way, paper lanterns are better. If you are going to light them, I would go with the paper lanterns and save the money.
Prosdurability, can be used again and again.
ConsThe light does not disperse through them as well as in the paper lanterns. They do not have the same luminous glow. I would not recommend them if you are going to light them up.