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Philips Electronics Celebrates 10 Years Lighting the Times Square Ball

2010 numerals for ringing in the New Year are outfitted in new LED bulbs.

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Philips Electronics (Somerset, NJ) announces the 2009-2010 holiday season marks the company’s 10th anniversary as the official Lighting Partner to the world-famous Times Square Ball. Over the past decade, Philips’ solid-state lighting has helped marry the Ball’s time-honored tradition with innovative technology. Also, for the first time, Philips has converted the companion Times Square Ball Numerals (2-0-1-0) to all LED technology.
Philips led the historic conversion of the Ball’s lightsource from incandescent and halogen bulbs to its LUXEON® LED technology in 2007-2008, as well as its subsequent upgrade to upgraded, energy-efficient lighting. Philips will complete the final step in its conversion of the entire Times Square Ball application to a powerful and highly sustainable LED platform. The 545 custom-designed, Philips, scalloped, LED flood bulbs that light the Times Square Ball numerals use 9W each, compared to the 40W consumed by the incandescent and halogen bulbs previously used, representing a 78% energy savings. The new LED bulbs, which are designed for outdoor use, are rated for 25,000 hours based on the unique usage factors in the Times Square application.
Professional lighting users can enjoy the benefits of the Times Square Ball LED technology in their own end-use applications, as a commercial version of the LED bulb used to light the Times Square Ball is available for purchase through professional channels. And, for the first time, a consumer version of this bulb, the Philips AmbientLED™ PAR 30 Longneck, is also available for residential users through Home Depot stores.
 

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