LEDs Shine Bright at Holiday Light Show, Times Square Ball Drop – ThomasNet News

December 24, 2021 by No Comments

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There was a time when hanging a string of holiday lights was not for the faint of heart. Just ask Clark Griswold.

But nowadays, we’re fortunate enough that the pioneering technology of LEDs has become so widespread it’s seeing utility everywhere — from residential light displays to even some of the more notable events that define the holidays for so many.

Take, for example, the annual glitz and glamor that adorns the fronts of New York City’s storied flagship department stores. In late November, Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its extravagant holiday windows and light show that CEO Marc Metrick called the brand’s “gift to New York City.”

This year, that gift consists of 700,000 programmed LED lights adorning the 10-story building facade that twinkled in time with music at their premier, all in support of a theme inspired by interviews with children.

And if that weren’t enough LED lights for you, just wait … New York City has more.

On New Year’s Eve, the iconic ball drop will take place in Times Square, featuring the crystal sphere that was redesigned in 2007 to incorporate LED lighting technology from Philips.

According to event organizers, the more modern Philips Luxeon LED lighting technology has “dramatically increased the brightness and color capabilities of the Ball.” It weighs nearly six tons and features 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that are illuminated by more than 32,000 LEDs.

The further benefit of LEDs is that these dramatic displays can come with a little less guilt, considering the energy efficiency benefits and durability compared to traditional incandescent lights make these types of shows much more sustainable.

And their benefits make them appealing in more practical applications as well: according to our recent index report, 63% of the industrial sector will use LEDs by 2025. That’s up from just 12% who said the same five years ago.

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