Times Square Ball Converted to LEDs

People celebrated the last ten seconds of 2009 across the country much like any other New Year’s Eve: watching the ball drop in Times Square. While the ball may have looked the same for those gathering in New York and the millions tuning in, its makeup represented a monumental shift toward sustainability for 2010. Philips Electronics designed the ball to save 78% more energy by replacing the incandescent and halogen bulbs with LED light bulbs for the 2010 numerals. The LED flood lights Philips added used just nine watts compared to the 40 watts the incandescent and halogen bulbs used in the past. Philips says ten percent of its lighting sales now come from LED lights.

The New Year for sustainability was also kicked off with the Duracell SmartPower Lab, where people pedaled Rover bikes for the second consecutive year to generate energy in order to illuminate the 2010 numerals at midnight.

LED lighting is a great alternative to incandescent or fluorescent lights for both residential and commercial applications because of its energy savings, dimmable settings, low heat generation, and reduced maintenance costs. Check out our article on 10 Things to Know about LED Lighting.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.