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Philips celebrates 10 years of lighting the Times Square Ball


December 16, 2009
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Philips Electronics is the official lighting partner to the Times Square Ball for the 10th year in a row. This year, Philips has converted the companion Times Square Ball Numerals (2-0-1-0) to all LED technology.

Philips led the conversion of the Ball’s light source from incandescent
and halogen bulbs to its Luxeon LED technology in 2007-2008. This year Philips will complete the final step in its conversion of
the entire Times Square Ball application to an LED platform.  The
company says that the 545 scalloped LED flood bulbs lighting the
numerals use 9W each, compared to the 40W consumed by the bulbs
previously used, representing a 78% energy savings.

Ed Crawford, CEO, Philips Lighting North America, says, "Global icons
like the Times Square Ball are not the only applications that can enjoy
the benefits of LED technology. In addition to offering a wide range of
professional LED solutions, we are delighted to offer a broad line of
LED retrofit bulbs to consumers for the first time, enabling everyone
to enhance their life with light through high performance, energy
efficient and long life LED lighting."