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Here is a previous basically identical question with answer FYI - paying someone to repair this is pretty much guaranteed to cost more than, unless you track down the bad bulbs yourself, just cutting those strings off and buying new ones to wrap around the tree - commonly around $10 for a 15' string, $20-25 for a 42' string.

As for brand - I run about 15 strings outdoors year around outside on the house and some conifers (adding in multi-colored strings for Christmas/New Years and orange/purple for Halloween/Thanksgiving periods), so I have fair amount of experience with different brands I have tried. (I keep a spreadsheet of location and estimated usage hours for warranty purposes). Vickerman used to be the best, they sort of fell apart with a new string design - water resistance went up but life went down. GE is the best I have found for conventional bulbs but I went away from them for $ reasons - I can run 15-20 LED strings for the cost of one C5 or C7 incandescent bulb string so I have gone totally LED. Now I use Holiday Home (available seasonally at Walmart and Fred Meyers in our area) - I have had a few failures in less than a year but the best so far - plus "normally" if one goes out the rest stay lit (though let more than a few burn out without replacement and it shortens the LED life on the rest because they are seeing higher voltage).

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