Famed Times Square Ball Goes Green for 2008

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The Times Square New Year's Eve ball is celebrating its centennial by going green.

The star of the world-famous holiday extravaganza was revamped this year with more than 9,000 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.

Philips Lighting created the light-emitting diodes specifically for the event.

It says they are smaller but more than twice as bright as last year's lights, which were a mix of more than 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs.

The new lights can create more than 16 million colors for a kaleidoscope of hues against the 672 Waterford Crystal triangles.

The ball was first dropped for the New Year's Eve celebration in 1907. Made of iron and wood, it weighed 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.

The new ball was tested successfully Sunday afternoon, making its way slowly up and down the 77-foot flagpole atop 1 Times Square with bursts of color.


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