New Year's Eve Ball 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs

By: Rob Adams
Staff Writer
Published: Dec 31, 2021

New Year's Eve Ball 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs! New Year's Eve 2011 ball contains 32,256 bulbs made by Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. It can produce millions of vibrant colors and billions of patterns.

The Times Square Ball will also be tough enough to withstand New York weather in its new permanent installation covered in 2,668 triangular Waterford Crystals.

The co-organizers of New Year's Eve in Times Square, Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, have announced that in January the new ball will become a year-round attraction above Times Square and will be lit up in patterns to commemorate holidays and other events.

It stands 12-feet just on the poll and is a 12,000-lb geodesic sphere. The ball had to be designed to withstand year-round wind and hot summer days. Lighting Science Group, which designed and developed the lighting system, tackled the weather obstacle.

"We had a proven LED module design [from last year's ball] that we were able to modify in the time frame for the increased weatherproof-ness because it's becoming a permanent installation. It had to be ready for whatever the New York environment could throw at it," said John Burne, special projects lighting manager with LSG.