The luck of the Irish was with Waterford and the Times Square Alliance this morning as they lit Times Square's famous New Year's Eve ball bright green in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Inhabitat was on the scene as the verdant orb illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs was unveiled on the roof of One Times Square. Read on for our photos!
“Our heritage was born in Ireland and green is the honorary color for St. Patrick’s Day so we really wanted to play that up and do something special with the ball for this holiday,” said Regan Iglesia, Senior Vice President and Waterford Global Brand Director.
The Waterford Times Square New Year’s Eve ball was revamped in 2008 with 32,256 energy-efficient Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Measuring 12 feet in diameter, the perfect geodesic sphere weighs about 11,875 pounds and is clad in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles in various sizes ranging from 4 3/4 inches to 5 3/4 inches per side.
“We’re also thinking about doing an event for Earth Day,” Iglesia told us. “But instead of lighting the ball up, we would shut the lights off for the day to save energy.”