A brighter New Year’s Eve, courtesy of Lapp USA
Lapp USA will supply the cable to help light up the New Year’s Eve sky in New York City in the upgraded lighted globe that descends during the final countdown to 2008. On its 100th birthday, the New Year’s Eve globe received a high-tech renovation, touting energy efficient, multi-colored light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Originally built in 1907 out of wood and iron and adorned with 100 25 W light bulbs, the globe received a significant upgrade in 2007 and is now alight with 672 Waterford Crystal triangles that combine with 9,576 Philips Luxeon LEDs to produce more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns. Remarkably, it uses only the amount of electricity it takes to power ten toasters.
But, what looks spectacular on the outside also needs support from the inside. Lapp USA has provided the specially designed Olflex FD 855 P power supply for the LEDs and the animation for the New Year’s Eve Ball. Some of the most important features are the unit’s smaller outer diameter and its ability to withstand colder temperatures and high winds.
Olflex FD 855 P, designed for extreme mechanical stresses, provides environmentally friendly, low-halogen materials that feature an expanded temperature range. The insulation and jacketing materials are mechanically and chemically resistant to many environments, and the polyurethane jacket is flame retardant.
In keeping with the “green” philosophy, the cable provided also conforms to the new RoHS standard.