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.
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.