IKEA Flips Switch on Incandescent Bulbs

Ikea is no longer selling incandescent light bulbs at any of its locations, a move that pre-dates legislation that will ultimately ban their sale nationwide.

The Swedish home-furnishing chain, who announced the intended phase-out in April, is the first retailer to completely remove all incandescent light bulbs from its shelves. It will now selling compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LED), halogen and solar-powered lamps.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, all general purpose light bulbs sold in stores must be 30% more energy efficient) than current incandescent bulbs by 2014. Reflector bulbs, appliance lamps, 3 way and candelabra bulbs are exempt from the government ban.  

“IKEA is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our range and business practices,” Mike Ward, U.S. IKEA President, said in a press release. “Eliminating incandescents is just one simple way for IKEA customers to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases.”

According to EnergyStar, a federal program started in 1992 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs for consumers, CFLs last from 6-10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs (6000 - 10,000 vs. 1,000 hours) and use 80% less energy. Replacing five of your standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, can save $70 a year.

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