The New Year's countdown celebration in New York's Times Square, begins at 6 o'clock with the lighting and raising of the New Year's Eve Ball atop One Times Square. A new, energy-efficient ball has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ball lowering celebration. The ball will descend at the stroke of midnight and ring in the New Year.
The new ball is lighted with 9,576 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as it takes to power a single kitchen oven.
Philips Lighting, which created the light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs, for the event, says they are more than twice as bright as the lights on last year's ball, which were a mix of more than 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs.
The new lights can create more than 16 million colors against 672 Waterford crystal triangles arrayed in stylized, radiating sunbursts that cover the ball's surface.