Dec
28
2007

Happy ‘Green’ Year: Times Square ball will be more eco-friendly

Going green: When the New Year's Ball drops on Times Square next week, the new unit will be much more energy efficient, using the same amount of power as it takes to operate 10 toasters. This blue color is one of 16 million hues that the ball will be able to transmit
Going green: When the New Year's Ball drops on Times Square next week, the new unit will be much more energy efficient, using the same amount of power as it takes to operate 10 toasters. This blue color is one of 16 million hues that the ball will be able to transmitCourtesy Times Square Alliance
What’s the first thing that pops into your head at the stroke of midnight that starts a new year? Probably not saving energy or Al Gore. But if you’re watching the Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve next week, you just might more environmentally in tune than most New Years'.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landmark ball drop and a new ball – the LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball – will makes its debut when descending at 1 Times Square.

The new ball uses LED light effects and will be twice as bright as the previous ball, created especially to celebrate the change of the millennium. While that’s all noticeable, what you won’t see is that a lot less electricity will be firing up that ball. It will take the same amount of juice as it takes to power ten toasters to light up the New Year’s sky over New York.

For those of you really wanting to know how this works, the ball is made of 9,576 LEDS, which replace the 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs of the old ball. And it’s capable of creating more than 16 million varieties of color and billions of patterns.

You can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to see this new, spectacular ball? Here is a link to video of the ball in all its new glory as it was unveiled earlier this fall.

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