We have a green, 8' artificial fir that is about 7-8 years old. Its purchase price was about $400 when new. It is still in fine condition but the light strings need to be replaced. Each light socket is secured to a branch with a plastic U clip or a tie clip, so it would take quite a bit of time to remove the lights. The tie clips have to be snipped. There are 800 lights in all. Happy Holidays!