The time ball at Time’s square which marks the place’s New Year celebrations, and designed by the renowned Waterford Crystal is illuminated with thousands of LED lights. Waterford Crystal had designed the new LED ball back in 2008. The structure has been made in such a way that it could withstand high winds, precipitation, and temperature fluctuations throughout the year.
The structure of identical pattern comprises 2,688 crystal triangles, is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds.
The 672 modules each inside the whole ball contain 48 Philips LEDs. This accounts for a total of 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.
Out of the 48 LEDs in each module, 12 are red, 12 are blue, 12 are of green shade and the remaining 12 are white in color. The multi-colored modules can be programmed to display various patterns and designs.
Philips also created a numeral “1″ which recently emerged out of the last year’s “0″ for the New Year.
Human power from the Duracell Smart Power Lab is being used to charge up the batteries that used to light up the 2-0-1-1 sign, which also used LED lighting technology.
The celebrities and visitors to Times Square since last month have been burning calories to charge up the Duracell batteries to power the 2011 sign.
This year, Waterford Crystal updated the ball has 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles. These crystal triangles are nothing but a romantic pattern that creates a cascade of hearts.
Another 288 facets on the ball are used to display last year’s theme of the ball “Let There Be Courage”. The rest of the patterns feature “Let There Be Joy”.