Times Square Ball Drop History
The Times Square Ball Drop event was started in 1907 at New york.
The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City
The first New Year’s Eve Ball was made of iron, wood and 25-watt light bulbs. It was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.
In 1920, a 400 pound Ball made entirely of wrought iron replaced the original. In 1955, the iron Ball was replaced with an aluminum Ball weighing a mere 150 pounds.
For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration, the New Year’s Eve Ball was completely redesigned.
In 2007, for the 100th anniversary of the Times Square Ball Drop tradition, Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting crafted a new LED crystal Ball. The incandescent and halogen bulbs of the past century were replaced by state-of-the-art LED lighting technology that dramatically increased the brightness and color capabilities of the Ball.
Weight of the latest ball is more than 11 Thousand pounds and diameter is 12 feet. The ball is covered by more than 2 thousand Waterford Crystal triangles. More than 32 thousand LEDs illuminate the ball, and they let the ball shine in 16 million colors and billions of patterns.