What is the New Year’s Eve Ball that is dropped in Times Square made of?
Answer: Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. This year, the ball was 12 feet in diameter, weighed 11,875 pounds and was covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size. The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball. When the first ball drop happened in 1907, it was made of iron and wood and adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs.
Waterford Crystal is a manufacturer of crystal. It is named after the city of Waterford, Ireland. Waterford Crystal is owned by WWRD Group Holdings Ltd., a luxury goods group which also owns and operates the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands.