Philips LEDs Light Up the Sky on New Year's Eve and Now, Year-round in Times Square

  • Philips Electronics
  • 12.30.08
The new 11,875-pound Philips LED, crystal Times Square New Year's Eve ball will be tested Tuesday, December 30.

The dress rehearsal of the new Times Square New Year's Eve ball, in which it is lit and sent up the new taller 141-foot flagpole atop One Times Square, will be conducted at noon. This will be the first time the new year-round permanent Times Square New Year's Eve ball, lit with thousands of Philips LUXEON Rebel LEDs will be lit high atop One Times Square.
Event co-organizers Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance; Jeff Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment; and Susan Bloom, director of corporate communications Philips Lighting will be joined by Raúl de Molina, host of Univision's New Year's Eve Special, "Feliz 2009", and Univision's Angelica Vale, to flip the giant switch that initiates the spectacular, state-of-the-art, lighting effects, powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs and covered in 2,668 Waterford crystals. 

Volunteers on the 16th floor will be inflating tens of thousands of balloons that will be handed out, along with thousands of hats, scarves, confetti bags, pom-poms and chocolate min-bars to revelers on New Year's Eve.

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