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10 Modern Pendant Lights to Rival the Times Square Ball

2013 December 31
Times Square Ball

Times Square balls from 1907, 2007, and the current ball in 2009 and 2012.

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:

Sputnik Pendant By Jonathan Adler
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.

Avir Suspension By Manuel Vivian for AXO Light
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.

Hope Suspension By Francisco Gomez Paz, Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan
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.

Raimond LED Suspension By Raimond Puts for Moooi
More than 250 brilliant LEDs emanate from the Raimond Suspension by Moooi, which was created by a dutch mathematics professor.

Da Vinci Suspension By Schonbek Lighting
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!)

Ball Pendant By Tom Dixon for Swarovski
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.

G.R.A. Suspension By Bruno Rainaldi for Terzani
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.

Etch Web Pendant By Tom Dixon
The irregular pentagon pattern of the Etch Web Pendant by Tom Dixon reminds us of the crystal triangles that surround today’s ball.

Celestial Pendant By Trend Lighting
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.

Argyle Pendant By Varaluz
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.

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  1. January 1, 2014

    Wow nice find. These pendant lights look amazing. I think the celestial pendant light is my favorite

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