The Times Square NYE Crystal Ball gets ready to sparkle atop One Times Square. Each year on the 27th of December, the iconic Times Square New Years Eve Crystal Ball receives a touch up with the addition of 288 new themed Waterford crystals.
The iconic Ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that range in size and in length. 2018’s crystal ball adds 288 of the Waterford triangles — introducing the new Gift of Serenity design — a pattern of cuts resembling butterflies that captures the spirit of serenity.
The Times Square NYE Celebration has Socially Sparked® our lives since 1904. Today, millions of people from all over the world witness the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball — either in person, via television or via the internet and livestreaming.
Leading the countdown this year will be the founder of the Me Too Movement Tarana Burke, selected by the Times Square Alliance. She’ll be pressing the button that kicks off the countdown for Times Square’s legendary annual ball drop.
110th TIMES SQUARE NYE BALL DROPPING: EIGHT THINGS TO KNOW
- The first
New Year’s Eve Ball Celebration
- atop One Times Square was in 1907. The very first Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration was held in 1904.
- 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which
- are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.
- The Ball is lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. Each LED module contains 48 LEDs — 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color.
- The Ball can display a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns that creates a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
- There have been seven versions in total of the Ball design. The early Ball designs were made of iron and wood, iron aluminum and, in the mid ’50s, aluminum skin, rhinestones and computer controls. All were lit by light bulbs.
- The Crystal Ball was created in 1999 to commemorate the new millennium. It was completely redesigned by Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting combining the latest in lighting technology with the most traditional of materials.
- In 2007 — to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball — modern state-of-the-art LED technology replaced the iridescent and halogen light bulbs of the past — increasing the Ball’s brightness and color capabilities.
- The permanent Big Crystal Ball was unveiled atop One Times Square in 2008, where it sparkles above Times Square throughout the year.
As we focus on New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world, including the iconic Times Square NYE Crystal Ball Drop, — we ring anew hopes and dreams of a year filled with promise, good health, unconditional love for all and peace. Happy New Year! — Abbe is Socially Sparked®! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01