New Year’s 2012 marks the 12th consecutive year that Philips Lighting has served as the official Lighting Partner to New York City’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.
There are 32,256 Philips LUXEON LEDs used to light the Ball, and they consume up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. The Ball has been lit with LEDs since the New Years’ 2007-2008.
The Ball which stays lit year round, features 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, and the orb creates a palette of millions of colors and patterns for a kaleidoscope effect. Made of aluminum, the Ball measures 12′ in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds.
The same technology used in the Ball is also used in the Philips AmbientLED line of consumer light bulbs, which includes such innovations as the Philips 12.5-watt AmbientLED A19, the world’s first commercially available LED to replace the 60-watt incandescent bulb and the only to be Energy Star qualified.
New 2012 Lighting Standards Across the U.S.
When the glittering Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball descends to mark the beginning of 2012, it will also usher in a new era in lighting standards. On January 1, new U.S. energy and lighting standards under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) go into effect.
Today, Friday, December 30 (1:30pmEST to 2:15pmEST), Ed Crawford CEO of Lamps, Lighting Systems and Controls for Philips Lighting will be available online via video webcast to answer questions about the new energy efficiency standards and latest developments in lighting technology. Ed will be conducting the Q&A session from the viewing platform of 1 Times Square—home of the Times Square Ball.