IKEA will no longer carry incandescent light bulbs

As the phase out of incandescent bulbs begins, home furnishing giant  IKEA announced they will no longer carry the soon-to-be-outdated incandescent light bulbs in any of their U.S. stores, becoming the first US retailer to do so.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 calls for the phase out of incandescent light bulbs by 2014. With this mandate, consumers will be left to choose between mercury-filled compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) or expensive and low-level lumen (light output) LED’s.

Consumer choices will soon go from standard incandescents to between CFL's and LED's

Many of the CFL’s IKEA offers have earned the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® label. The retailer will also carry a full range of:

  • LED lamps that are 70% more efficient than incandescents
  • Halogen lamps which consume 30% less energy than traditional light bulbs
  • SUNNAN solar desk lamps
  • ‘SOLVINDEN’ outdoor lights

In an IKEA-sponsored survey by Harris Interactive to gage how aware Americans were of the approaching phase out or what they thought about it, the results showed: 

  • more than 60 percent weren’t aware of the pending phase out or legislation mandate
  • over 80 percent said that using energy-saving lights is a good environmental practice

IKEA has led the way in recycling CFL's since 2001

In 2001, IKEA became the first and only retailer to offer a recycling program for CFL’s. This new step is their latest in their ongoing commitment to sustainability initiatives.

This is the beginning of a shift not only in American lighting and purchasing habits but also in energy consumption. It’s too soon to say what kind of reaction consumers will have to the changes yet to come, but it’s fair to say that if the LED industry doesn’t work out how to have “standard” LED’s be both significantly less expensive AND provide a higher lumen output, there’s sure to be some sort of hue and cry across the country about it.

They say demand drives innovation. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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