As you are preparing your New Year’s Eve plans this year, keep in mind some of these really interesting and fun facts about the New York City New Year’s Eve Ball. Getting the nod every year at midnight on December 31st, the New Year’s Ball has some really impressive statistics and history that make it really interesting to every scrapper. Here are a few of our favorite statistics about the New Year’s Ball.
New Year’s Eve Ball Statistics
- The ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. It is mostly made up of aluminum and crystals today, but originally was made of iron.
- It’s also covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystals that are a variety of sizes.
- Those crystals are attached to 672 LED modules that are bolted to the aluminum frame of the ball.
- There are over 32,200 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. Each module has 48 LEDs, including 12 green, 12 red, 12 blue, and 12 white ones
- The ball with the LEDs attached is able to emit over 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns that create the kaleidoscope effect in the middle of Times Square.
Read more about the New Year’s Eve Ball and the other materials that make up this American New Year’s Tradition.