January 1, 2008
When the famous crystal ball dropped at One Times Square last night in New York City, it celebrated its 100th anniversary by going green. The famous count-down globe has been reworked with more than 9,000 energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED) which only use the amount of electricity required to operate 10 toasters.
Philips Electronics created the bulbs for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration. According to Phillips, the LEDs are twice as bright as the lights used last year and can create up to 16 million colors, which sparkle and reflect off of 672 Waterford crystal triangles. The triangles on the globe, which is six feet in diameter, consist of 72 crystals with a “Hope for Peace” design bearing stylized doves, while other triangles feature Waterford designs from previous years such as Hope for Abundance, Hope for Courage, Hope for Fellowship, Hope for Healing, Hope for Unity, Hope for Wisdom, and the Star of Hope.
Last year’s bulbs were a mix of more than 600 halogen and incandescent bulbs; in comparison, when the ball dropped for the first time in 1907, the 700-pound iron and wood contraption was lit with only 100 25-watt light bulbs.
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