A Shining Example of LED Lighting in Times Square

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A lot has changed since 1907 when the first New Year’s Eve Ball descended from the flagpole atop One Times Square in New York City.  The first ball was made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs.  It was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.  This year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds, and is covered with 2668 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights.  Those LEDs are amazing, and will allow the Ball to only consume the same amount of energy per hour as it would take to operate two traditional home ovens!

According to the Times Square Alliance, the New Year’s Eve Ball is “capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of possible patterns!” The opening ceremonies begin at 6pm with the lighting and raising of the ball. Then, join in on the countdown to the new year at 11:59pm when the lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds.

Tag(s): Energy, Events, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, Greening the Home, Money Saving, The Great Green Outdoors


2 Responses to “A Shining Example of LED Lighting in Times Square”

  1. jitesh on December 30th, 2008 10:11 am
  2. Leticia on January 6th, 2009 11:01 pm

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