It's Good to Drop the Ball!
Energy News: What's worth $1 million, shines with 9,576 Philips Luxeon LEDs, and is built from 672 Waterford crystals? It's the 2008 New Years Eve ball to be dropped in New York's Times Square next week. This year is the 100th anniversary of the famed ball, now controlled by computers, and originally made "of iron and wood and adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds." An explanation on the web site also states, "...the entire Times Square Ball will be lit with approximately the same amount of electricity as it takes to power ten toasters or a single oven/range." (Note: external link opens in a new window.)