10 Modern Pendant Lights to Rival the Times Square Ball
There is perhaps no place more spirited than Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The flashing lights, the fluttering confetti, and the star of the show,
Ryan Seacrest the Times Square Ball (which has its own website and rather fascinating history here, by the way. Oh, and its own Twitter account, natch).
The Times Square Ball has seen a number of changes since it debuted in 1907. The current (6th) iteration sports 32,256 LEDs around the 12-foot-wide ball, which weighs nearly 6 tons. But gargantuan numbers aside, there’s something to be said for the beauty and the energy that they ball represents for us once a year.
To capture that festivity year round, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite modern ceiling lights that rival the glitz, shine and essence of the Times Square Ball – you know, in case your space can’t quite accommodate a 11,000-pound light fixture. Here are our 10 favorite fixtures that give the Times Square ball a run for its money:
The old-school Edison bulbs and vintage appeal of Jonathan Adler’s Sputnik Pendant reminds us of the very first Times Square Ball, which was fitted with 100 incandescent bulbs.
The dramatic color of the Avir Suspension by Axo Light is reminiscent of the modern Times Square Ball, which has a palette of more than 16 million colors thanks to LED modules and kaleidoscope-like crystal triangles.
It’s no wonder the Hope Suspension by Luceplan has its own Time Square-worthy glam factor—the Paolo Rizzato design was inspired by the Hope Diamond.
More than 250 brilliant LEDs emanate from the Raimond Suspension by Moooi, which was created by a dutch mathematics professor.
Encircled by Swarovski Crystal precision-cut jewels, the Da Vinci Suspension by Schonbek Lighting is one festive showstopper. Not to mention, the crystal globe is dishwasher safe (take that, Times Square Ball!)
A dazzler from Tom Dixon, the Ball Pendant by Swarovski looks like it would fit right in at a Great Gatsby party, or even in the middle of Times Square.
The G.R.A. Suspension by Terzani gets its wow factor from the shadows created my the metal rings that make up the sphere-shaped shade.
The irregular pentagon pattern of the Etch Web Pendant by Tom Dixon reminds us of the crystal triangles that surround today’s ball.
Glowing like a full moon, the Celestial Pendant by Trend Lighting is composed of fine aluminum wires that give it a soft, pillow-y appearance.
The bling! Even though its inspiration came from the classic sweater pattern, the Argyle Pendant by Varaluz has a luster that’s right in line with the sparkly glow of New Year’s Eve.