Aug 6, 2015

Case Study: The Times Square Ball

Category: Illumination

On the 100 year anniversary of the Time Square Ball in 2007, the lighting technology of the fixture was transformed with LUXEON Rebel LEDs. Most recently fitted with our new LUXEON Z Color LEDs, the Ball remains an iconic marriage of tradition and technology. Learn more about the original LED transformation:

On October 4, 2007, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, coorganizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, unveiled the new LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, sponsored by Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting.

Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, tells the story: “This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball, which was first dropped on December 31st, 1907. At that time, the Ball represented a marriage of Tradition and Technology, because New Year’s Eve itself is about looking back at the past and reflecting on where we’ve been, and looking forward into the future with hope. The Technology of 1907 was one hundred, 25W incandescent light bulbs. Those today, for us, are just regular, oldfashioned light bulbs, but at the time, it was incredibly new technology—electric lights in place of gas lights—and that was the newest, hottest thing. So fastforward a hundred years. Once again, the Ball is about the marriage of Tradition and Technology. And the Technology of the Future is these amazing Philips LUXEON LED lights, of which there are 9,576 in the new Ball. It’s incredible to see them because it has so much more capacity than the old New Year’s Eve Ball—it is so much brighter, there are so many more patterns, and it just looks modern, and new, and cuttingedge.”

Case Study Download: The Times Square Ball


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