Times Square Ball: brighter and greener with LED lighting
Philips Lighting, the official lighting partner of the Times Square Ball,
has once again achieved a new standard in green lighting for the 2008-2009
season with a larger New Year’s Eve Ball that is brighter and more
The 2008-2009 New Year’s Eve experience will be brighter and more
impactful than ever before thanks to the more than 32,000 Philips LEDs
incorporated in the Ball. Capable of delivering more than 16 million rich
and vibrant colors and billions of possible kinetic effects, the Ball’s
updated LEDs consume only a fraction of the energy of the previous halogen
and incandescent configuration and are even 10-20% more energy-efficient
than the Philips LEDs used in last year’s Ball.
In the Times Square Ball has doubled in size yet only consumes the same
amount of energy per hour as it takes to operate just two traditional
Number of LEDs
on Ball: The ball contains 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs, more than 3 times
the number used in last year’s Ball. Each and every LED can be digitally
controlled to create the most extraordinary effects (Note: not all LEDs
will be illuminated at any given time).
Colors: Red, green, blue and white LEDs will create a palette of more
than 16 million vivid, vibrant and highly-saturated colors as well as
billions of possible lighting effects.
Times Square Ball
Lighting: The Times Square Ball lighting system is designed to operate
in excess of 30,000 hours based on application factors (compared to previous
incandescent and halogen solutions, which were only expected to operate
for about 1,000 hours). The long life of the LEDs will be a key benefit
to this iconic application, as this year’s Times Square Ball will
be perched atop 1 Times Square for year-round enjoyment for the first
Efficiency of LED
Light Source Relative to the Times Square Ball Lit by Previous Incandescent
and Halogen Light Sources: Overall, it will take a total of only 22 Watts
of power for Philips’ red, green, blue, and white LEDs to produce
the equivalent amount of light output generated by 180 Watts of incandescent
light bulbs in previous years. This represents a 158-Watt, or 88%, reduction
in electricity consumption per four-color series.
of LED Efficiency:
LEDs demand far less electricity than incandescent or halogen technology
by delivering an equivalent level of light output with significantly fewer
Watts of power. This reduces the amount of electricity that utilities
will have to generate, which helps avoid the airborne emission of such
hazardous pollutants as CO2, mercury and sulfur dioxide – all by-products
of the electricity generation process.
Time: LED technology delivers instant on and instant off capability, whereas
incandescent and halogen technology takes time to both reach full brightness
and power down. The LEDs’ rapid response time enables an exponential
range of kinetic lighting effects never before possible with previous
Whereas incandescent and halogen bulbs may be subject to failure if dropped,
bounced, or vibrated, LEDs can withstand vibration and shock, delivering
superior durability and reduced maintenance concerns.
Light Source: Philips LEDs are lead and mercury-free as well as RoHS-
compliant (a European standard known as “Reduction of Hazardous
and Controllability: The Times Square Ball features waterproof modules
and connections as well as the ability to passively dissipate heat. Each
LED in the ball has its own specific address, enabling a level of two-way
communication and digital controllability never before possible.