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The History of the New Year’s Eve Ball

Since 1907 a ball has dropped at midnight on New Years atop One Times Square in New York City. Since that time there have only been 2 years which it didn’t drop, 1942 and 1943, due to the wartime “dimout” of New York City. The first ball was made of iron and wood and had 100 25-watt light bulbs. The ball has gone through seven changes since then, getting a lot brighter and a lot heavier. Not to mention it is covered in Waterford Crystal. If you are one of the millions that brave the conditions in New York City or if you watch on TV here are some facts about this year’s ball.

Facts about the 2014 Times Square Ball

  • The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds.
  • The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side.
  • For Times Square 2014, all 2,688 of the Waterford Crystal triangles introduce the new design Gift of Imagination – featuring a series of intricate wedge cuts that appear to be endless mirrored reflections of each other inspiring our imagination with a kaleidoscope of colorful patterns on the Ball.
  • The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.
  • The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color.
  • The Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
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