Philips LEDs Light the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

Energy-Efficient LEDs Bring in the New Year

New Year’s 2012 marks the 12th consecutive year that Philips Lighting has served as the official Lighting Partner to the world-famous Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Like the 32,256 Philips LEDs that light the glittering Times Square Ball, the Philips AmbientLED line of consumer light bulbs, consume up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Using LEDs, like the Philips 12-watt AmbientLED A19, the world’s first LED to replace the 60-watt incandescent bulb, can make a real difference in your home and in our world. For example, if everyone in the U.S. transitioned to energy-efficient lighting in their homes, consumers would eliminate 87.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and generate energy savings of $15.8 billion. See what a difference you can make.

You could win a 2013 New Year’s Eve VIP Experience

Here’s something the whole planet can celebrate: On January 1, 2012, federal energy efficiency standards for lighting began. The goal is to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The immediate result? Inefficient incandescent light bulbs will start to phase out, helping us live brighter by going greener.Tell us how you plan to live brighter by going greener in 2012, for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve experience next December - a VIP trip to Times Square and the honor of flipping the test switch on the Times Square Ball!

  1. Visit or follow @PhilipsLight on Twitter
  2. Tweet your 2012 plan to live brighter by going greener. You must tweet to @PhilipsLight and use the hashtag #LiveBrighter to be entered. Example: @PhilipsLight Turn off surge protector power strip at night #LiveBrighter
  3. Winner will be notified via Twitter in January

No purchase required. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate. See Official Sweepstakes Rules.

About the Times Square Ball

times square ballThe Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighing 11, 875 pounds, built to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation to brightly shine over 400 feet above Times Square throughout the year. For 2011, Waterford Crystal has designed 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles featuring a romantic pattern that blends a modern cascade of hearts with diamond cutting. 288 triangles are emblazoned with last year’s “Let There Be Courage” design of a ribbon medal defining the triumph of courage over adversity; and 1,152 triangles sparkle with the “Let There Be Joy” design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year. The remaining 960 triangles are the original “Let There Be Light” design of a stylized radiating sunburst.

The 2,688 crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball. The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. By mixing these four colors, the Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

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