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Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Aces Its Test Run

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The iconic 2013 New Years Eve's ball in Times Square had a successful final test run on Sunday.

The switch was flipped and the ball successfully rose 130 feet.

The ball weighs nearly 12,000 pounds and is covered in nearly 2,700 Waterford crystals.

This year, it also has doves etched into some of its panels as a sign of peace after a sometimes tumultuous year.

Organizers said this year they also look forward to bringing hope and smiles to those across a city still struggling from Hurricane Sandy.

"We look back and we reflect on all the tragedies, and so much has happened this year, but at the same time what's amazing about the human spirit is that we all come together, especially on New Year's Eve, to celebrate the future and to hope for a better world," said Jeff Straus, the president of Countdown Entertainment. "And we're going to have a better world in 2013 and we're going to celebrate that on December 31, here in Times Square."

The ball is lit by more than 32,000 LED lights, and officials say it is 88 percent more energy efficient than previous versions.

"If you think about all the lights in Times Square and everything going on in Times Square, to stand out among all that interactive lighting is really quite an accomplishment," said Ed Crawford, the CEO of Phillips Lighting Company.

Sunday was the last time the ball was lit up before the big night in Times Square, after which it will remain illuminated all year. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP