If you enjoy buying non-energy efficient incandescent lighting from Ikea, you better go over and stock up before the end of the year. The Swedish retailer of build it yourself furniture is set to become the first major U.S. retailer to phase out sales of all incandescent light bulbs by Jan.1, 2011.
Ikea said it plans to begin the phase out of these bulbs August 1, which is well ahead of federal legislation that will begin to phase out incandescent light bulbs in 2012. The company is encouraging its customers to make the switch to more energy efficient types of bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), LED lamps and halogen lamps (of which, Ikea said this fall it will begin offering a halogen bulb which can be used in a standard light socket). For those who worry about potential CFL environmental issues around mercury, Ikea also offers an environmentally safe recycling program for these types of bulbs.
It is said that If every American household replaced 1 incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for 1 year. Another thing to think about is that, according to Ikea, halogen bulbs use 30% less energy and last 2-4 times longer than conventional bulbs, while LED lights use 70% less energy and burn at least 20 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb.
“IKEA is committed to integrating sustainability into all IKEA strategies and practices in the entire product life cycle,” said Mike Ward, US IKEA President, in a statement. “We also believe our customers are looking for every day environmentally responsible solutions for themselves. 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. It’s a little step with a big impact on our planet.”
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