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 Achille Castiglioni’s Taraxacum 88 Suspension for Flos Lighting reminds us of the very first Times Square Ball, which was fitted with 100 incandescent bulbs.
Also reminiscent of the early Times Square Ball designs, Moooi’s Prop Light Round Floor Lamp is a bubbly design that merges old and new—the 48 bulbs have an Edison aesthetic, but are in fact warm LED lamps housed in round glass bulbs.
This is a light that’s ready for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve. The Glimmer Chandelier by Maxim Lighting showcases hundreds of clear, beveled beads, creating stunning refracted lighting on nearby surfaces.
Designed in 1969, Verner Panton’s Sprial SP1 Pendant for Verpan rocks a similar colorful look as today’s Times Square Ball, using individual strands of twisted plastic to merge light, color and materiality into a cohesive play of light and shadow.
Tightly clustered, sculpted metal flowers come together in Terzani’s Orten’zia Small Pendant, creating light and shadow play with a dazzling effect.
Artemide’s Copernico 500 Suspension was inspired by a heliocentric model of the universe, but rivals the New Year’s Eve superstar with it’s bright color and 384 LEDs.
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!)
The irregular pentagon pattern of the Etch Web Pendant by Tom Dixon reminds us of the crystal triangles that surround today’s ball.
This is an update from an original post published on December 31, 2013.