How Much Power Does it Take to Light Up the NYE Ball?

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Who is ready for the NYE countdown?!


As we prepare to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019, we thought it would be fun to look at the power the famous Time Square Ball drop relies on!


Did you know that it takes 50,000 watts to light up the New Year’s Eve Ball that is dropped each year at Times Square in New York City?


That amount of energy is used to power 32,256 LEDs (light emitting diodes.) Each LED module contains 48 LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. The combination of colors can create more than 16 million colors and billions of kaleidoscopic patterns that reflect off of the 2,688 Waterford crystals that adorn the ball.


With an iconic moment witnessed by the world, you can bet that the Times Square Alliance Countdown Entertainment group, the people in charge of organizing the event, have several power-protection and backup plans in place.


We hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve! May 2019 bring your nothing but the best.