More than 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs, coupled with 2,688 crystal triangles, will help this year’s iconic New Year’s Eve Ball to create a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of patterns to produce a spectacular kaleidoscope celebration in New York’s Times Square.
The geodesic Ball, famous for its annual one minute journey just before midnight, weighs more than 11,875lbs (5,386kgs) and features 672 LED modules with each LED module containing 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. Since 2007, LED technology has been an important part of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.
Human powered batteries will supply the energy to light up the 2-0-1-1 sign during the festivities. At the two Duracell Smart Power Labs, New Yorkers, tourists and even a few celebrities, have been pedaling Power Rovers to provide the juice for part of tonight’s celebrations.
With each push of the pedal, human energy is captured, converted into usable power, and then routed and stored at Duracell Battery Centers. The stored power will light up the 2011 numerals as the New Year's Eve Ball drops and the clock strikes midnight.
Each year, an estimated one million people fill Times Square to watch the ball descend during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Via television and webcast more than one billion people tune into to enjoy the celebrations.
Happy New Year!