Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year’s Eve Ball Switching to Energy Efficient LEDs

New York City (TGW) – The New Year’s Eve ball in New York City is going green this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The new 6 feet ball, weighing 1100 pounds, is covered with 9576 light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDS are twice as bright as previous bulbs and much more colorful.

"I'm proud to be able to save energy and show off this technology to the world with such a special event," said Kaj den Daas, chairman of Philips Lighting, which made the LEDs.

Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, a business group in charge of the celebrations, said the new technology would "make the ball glow like nothing else".

"Times Square has always been an arena where the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology is unveiled and showcased," he added.

Via :: BBC