The New Year’s Eve ball in New York’s Times Square is celebrating its 100th birthday by going green, after being revamped with energy-efficient lights.

The new 6ft (1.8m) ball, weighing about 1,100lbs (500kg), is covered with 9,576 light-emitting diodes that use the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.

The LEDs are more than twice as bright as the previous bulbs and are capable of creating a palette of 16m colours.

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