The New Year's Eve celebration at Times Square in New York has been a staple of the holiday season for decades. Millions of people descend on the city for the celebration while viewers from around the world watch the ball drop, signifying the new year.
This year's ball is brightly illuminated by 32,256 Philips LED bulbs and, as the lighting partner of the Times Square Ball, Philips is letting home viewers in on the magic. Philips' smart Hue lighting system syncs with the Hue app and, for the first time this year, with the Times Square Ball. Users can also add their custom music selection to make the night all the more magical.
"Bringing together the connected lighting experience that Philips Hue offers with the Times Square Ball drop –– one of the most well-known lighting moments in the world –– demonstrates the possibilities to create immersive and memorable moments with light,” Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas, said in a press release.
“The adoption of connected lighting among consumers is accelerating and changing how people interact with light throughout their home. With Philips Hue, it has never been easier to change your lighting experience throughout the day and easily move between everyday livings to celebratory moments like New Year’s Eve.”
This is pretty neat technology. We felt we had to pass it along, as we expect lighting to continue to take giant technological strides in 2016.
Happy New Year!