New Year's Eve Goes Green! Kind of...
To mark the 100th anniversary of the famous ball drop on New Year's Eve this year and in keeping with the times, the glittery ball in Times Square will go green. That's right! More than 9,500 energy efficient LED bulbs created by Philips will be used to light the ball. They will be twice as bright as the combination of incandescent and halogen bulbs used last year and will use about as much electricity as 10 toasters. Held against the 672 Waterford crystals that cover the ball's surface, the new LED lights are capable of creating more than 16 million colors--although most of them will probably be blue.
Any good the new LED lights will do the environment will surely be cancelled out by the more than 2,000 pounds of paper confetti that will be dumped into the crowd below along with hundreds of balloons that will drift out to sea, pollute the ocean and cause choking hazards for dolphins. Oh well. I guess it's a start. Happy New Year, everyone!
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