IKEA to Discontinue Sale of Incandescent Bulbs
On August 1, 2010, IKEA will turn the light off on the incandescent light bulb. IKEA President Mike Ward announced plans to eliminate all incandescent light bulbs from store shelves by January 1, 2011 in favor of more energy efficient light bulbs. The retailer is poised to be a trailblazer in the transition to energy efficient light bulbs as IKEA plans to phase incandescent bulbs out a full year before federal legislation will come into effect to remove incandescent bulbs from all stores.
Having eliminated the incandescent bulb, IKEA will offer many alternative energy efficient light bulbs, such as the LED bulb, which is 70% more efficient than the traditional incandescent bulb. Other energy efficient light bulbs offered include the compact fluorescent bulb and the halogen bulb.
If every American household replaced their incandescent bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs, the equivalent of two million cars' emissions per year would not be released into the atmosphere. Consumers would also save an estimated $30 on their electricity bills over the lifetime of each bulb. IKEA is proud of its giant stride in reducing its impact on the environment while providing consumers savings.