Grand Rapids' NYE ball gets a bulb switch

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Consumers Energy switched the halogen bulbs to diode bulbs.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)--  The ball that will drop over Grand Rapids Tuesday night may look a little different this year.

The 450 halogen light bulbs on the ball have been replaced with light-emitting diode bulbs.  Consumers Energy switched the lights as part of its sponsorship of the Fox KIA HOT New Year's Eve Party.  The utility company says the new bulbs use about 80 percent less electricity and will last up to 20 times longer.

Thousands of people are expected to pack Rosa Parks Circle for the New Year's Eve event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The Fox KIA HOT New Year's Eve Party is free and will include live music.  The ball will begin its 100-foot descent one minute before midnight.

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