Crystal Ball for 2010

December 31, 2009

New Year’s Eve in Times Square- millions of people all over the world watch the crystal ball drop to mark the new year. The lowering of the ball has been a tradition since 1907 barring ’42 and ’43 for wartime “dimming out”.

The first New Year’s Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.

(Above) New Year’s Eve Ball, 1978. Photo credit: The New York Times.

We’ve come a long way from what was, at the time, a brilliant and marvelous sight. The ball this year is a Waterford Crystal. “WATERFORD CRYSTAL created an exclusive “Let There Be Joy” design for the crystal triangles on the new Ball. Designed and crafted by Waterford artisans in Ireland, “Let There Be Joy” features the design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year on each of the 1,728 new crystals.  The remaining 960 triangles are last year’s “Let There Be Light” design of a stylized radiating starburst.”

And here is the part I love: Capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of possible patterns, the 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs in this year’s Ball represent more than three times the number of LEDS used last year, to deliver a brighter and more beautiful New Year’s experience than ever before. And this year’s Ball is 10-20% more energy efficient than last year’s already energy-efficient Ball, consuming only the same amount of energy per hour as it would take to operate two traditional home ovens.

For those who are New Year’s Eve aficionados check out this youtube featuring every drop from ’78 to ’07.

Although the crystal ball does no predicting, we all are looking for JOY in every possible way. Here’s to a JOYFUL 2010.

via:  www.timessquarenyc.org (check out the photos of this year’s ball)

Thank you to KJ for her exuberance over New Year’s Eve Celebrations that she has experienced all over the world.

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