it’s been an LED christmas and new year

This year it’s been hard not to notice the switch from traditional bulbs to LEDs.   

 UNITY Christmas light display in Regent Street London

This Christmas, seeing in Christmas we’ve got large professional ministrations of LEDs on Regent Street, London.  Called UNITY the LEDs were arranged into clusters with a large central sphere, with 24 smaller spheres around it. The LEDs can glow at different intestacies and in different colours. They used motion detection to respond to what is happening on the street below. For example as people pass by sphere can light up. The LEDs are using a tenth of the electricity of previous installations.

Seeing us into the New Year in the USA we have the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.

New York New Year LED Ball!

The new ball with be watched by over one billions people watching world wide.

As a side note, The first “time-ball” was installed atop England’s Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o’clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers.

This is the 100th celebration of the time ball, with the first being dropped in 1807. Only two years were missed out in that time, and that was due to “dimout” restrictions during the 2nd world war. The new 6ft (1.8m) ball is covered with 9,576 LEDs that use the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters. 

The main advantages

  • New technology will “make the ball glow like nothing else”, Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance
  • Energy efficient lights
  • Twice as bright

You can read more New York, New Year’s Eve Ball online.

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