The world-famous New Year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter and a whopping 11,875 pounds. To achieve its mesmerizing effect, the surface of the geodesic sphere is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which reflect and refract light. The crystals on this year’s ball are extra special thanks to the addition of 288 new “Gift of Wonder” triangles characterized by an intricate faceted starburst design.
Behind the crystals are the LED modules affixed to the ball’s frame. The energy-efficient Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs each have 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green and 12 white LEDS, making 8,064 of each color over the ball’s surface. Together, the LEDs can emit a palette of over 16 million colors and billions of patterns to for the crowd of thousands that gather in Times Square to watch it first hand.
This year marks the 110th New Year’s celebration in Times Square, and the seventh year the ball has been illuminated with energy-efficient LED lights.