Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, October 6
Smart sensors in compactors can cut waste hauling bills by 30% to 50%. They're programmed to send an email to the hauler or facility manager when compactors are almost full. By taking only full loads, the number of pickups per property is reduced.
Sensors also monitor compactor performance. They identify problems early on and diagnose them--preventing breakdowns and costly repairs.
The author provides links to several companies that sell compactor monitoring systems.
Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy, November 2
The Department of Energy has tested the longevity of Philips 60-watt replacement LED A-type lamps. These 9-watt bulbs have been on since September 2010. When re-tested in August 2016, the bulbs' lumen output had declined by only 7%. Bulbs are commonly replaced when their lumen output drops 30% below peak. None of the 31 lamps tested had failed.
The color (chromaticity) of the bulbs was remarkably stable, too.
"Essentially, there's almost no difference between the light the samples emit today and the light they emitted five years ago."