Bridgette Meinhold

2011 Times Square Ball Shines Bright With 32,256 LEDs

by , 12/31/10

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The iconic New Year’s Eve Bal set to drop this year in Times Square was designed by none other than Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting. The ball, which makes its annual 1 minute journey on New Year’s Even, is illuminated with thousands of LED lights. Human power from the Duracell Smart Power Lab is being used to charge up the batteries that used to light up the 2-0-1-1 sign, which also used LED lighting technology. The geodesic dome consists of 2,688 crystal triangles, is 12 feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds, and contains 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.

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Waterford Crystal designed the new LED ball back in 2008 and they built it to withstand high winds, precipitation, and temperature fluctuations throughout the year. This year Waterford Crystal updated the ball with 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles — a romantic pattern that creates a cascade of hearts. Another 288 facets feature last year’s theme “Let There Be Courage” while the remainder feature “Let There Be Joy”.

Each of the ball’s 672 led modules contains 48 Philips LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. The multi-colored modules can be programmed to display various patterns and designs. In addition to the ball, Philips has also fashioned a numeral “1″ which was recently swapped out with last year’s “0″ for the new year. This last month celebrities and visitors to Times Square have been burning some calories in an effort to charge up the Duracell batteries, which will power the 2011 sign.

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  1. fero123 January 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    It’s time to get rid of the silly ball. The rest of the world has much better and more creative displays. Everybody is trying to make it sounds as if it is something special, yet it is never properly on time or properly visible = in short a total failure in every aspect. Get rid of it and have some laser show

  2. lazyreader January 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Do they honestly assume that high efficiency LED’s would compensate for the presumably thousands of pounds of CO2 and other polutants emitted by millions of exploding chemical fireworks. But we feel better about the greener ball drop. Theirs a difference between feeling good regarding what you do and doing good regardless of how you feel. Know the difference. Fortunately we only do this once a year.

  3. vinmar January 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

    watched the dick clark show and could not see the time square ball drop, like all the past years. what happened.

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