2013 Times Square Ball
Millions ring in the New Year with Waterford Crystal
Counting down the seconds to the New Year by watching the Times Square ball drop has become a tradition for millions of people around the world. The “geodesic sphere” has come a long way since an iron and wood ball weighing 700 pounds with 100 lightbulbs made its first descent from a flagpole atop One Times Square. After a several different iterations through the decades, the ball was given a complete redesign by Waterford for the millennium celebration. Now, at 12 feet in diameter, the ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles and weighs in at 11,875 pounds. Each year, some of the crystal panels are replaced with a new design. For the Times Square 2013 celebration, 288 of the triangles introduce a “Let There Be Peace” theme featuring a dove with spread wings. And in a tribute to the late Dick Clark, a crystal inscribed with his name will be installed. The everchanging kaleidoscope of colors is created by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of patterns—a mesmerizing and inspiring sight.
A Brief History
• 1907: First ball at One Times Square was made of iron and wood, 700 pounds, 100 lightbulbs.
• 1920: A 400-pound iron ball was introduced.
• 1955: A 150-pound aluminum ball with 180 lightbulbs replaced the iron version.
• 1995: The ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones and computer controls.
• 1999: The Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve ball was created to welcome the new millennium.
• 2007: Modern LED technology replaced lightbulbs for the 100th anniversary of the ball.