The lights will be brighter when the ball drops tonight on the 100th New Year's celebration in Times Square. The light ball will be much more energy efficient as well. The 6 foot ball weighs about 1,100 pounds and will use the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.
The new NY Times Square ball is covered with 9,576 light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDs are more than twice as bright as the bulbs they replaced, increasing the brightness to more than 625,000 lumens.