IKEA is Calling for Lights Out to Old Bulbs

June 15, 2010

If you shop at IKEA for your lighting needs, you are going to have to go green.

The home furnishings giant announced Tuesday that it plans to pull all incandescent light bulbs from its U.S. stores in favor of longer-lasting and more energy-efficient lighting options like compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL), which use 80 percent less energy and last six to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs; LED lamps, which are 70 percent more efficient than incandescents; and halogen lamps, which use 30 percent less energy.

In the fall, IKEA will start offering a retro-fit halogen bulb that can be used in a standard light socket.

The voluntary phaseout begins August 1 and should be completed by January 1, 2o11. Federal legislation is requiring the elimination of incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012. The new efficiency standards will require lamp and lighting equipment to use less energy.

IKEA will be the first U.S. retailer to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs.

“Eliminating incandescents is a simple way to lead the charge for IKEA customers to use energy saving light bulbs, thus reducing energy consumption and reducing the amount of greenhouses gases,” said Mike Ward, U.S. IKEA President. “It’s a little step with a big impact on our planet.”

According to Energy Star, if every American household replaced one incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb, we would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year.

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