New Years Eve Ball Full of Lights Controllable by Smartphones

Time Square’s colorful, iconic New Year’s Ball is a 106 year old tradition that’s coming closer to home. The geodesic frame is lit using LED lighting from Philips, the same kind of hue-controlled technology that’s available to domestic smartphone users.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is lighted with 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs, grouped in 672 modules of 48 bulbs each. Each module contains 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white LED bulbs and can create a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of patterns. This is the same technology that makes Philips HUE and new Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs possible. New for 2013 Times Square New Year’s Eve are numerals illuminated with the colors of Philips HUE LED bulbs.

The Luxeon Rebel LED lights are surrounded by 2,688 Waterford Crystal Triangles connected to the aluminum geodesic frame. The original ball was first dropped in 1907. The lighting was switched form halogens and incandescent bulbs to Philip’s energy efficient Luxeon bulbs in 2007, which have now made their way to smartphones and homes.