CONSHOHOCKEN, PA -- IKEA has pulled the plug on Incandescent lights. As of January 4, 2011, IKEA US stores no longer stock or sell these traditional bulbs. Ahead of the upcoming legislation - The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that will phase out all incandescent light bulbs by 2012-2014 (2) - IKEA has now made these lights a thing of the past. As a result, IKEA is now the first major retailer to stop the sale of incandescent lights.
IKEA currently offers compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) - many of which have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® label, as well as a full range of LED lamps that are 70% more efficient than incandescents. IKEA's offering also includes Halogen lamps which consume 30% less energy than traditional incandescents and are a great 'white light' alternative. The halogen range also includes a halogen retrofit bulb which can be used in a standard light socket. IKEA also offers solar powered lamps including the SUNNAN desk lamp and the 'SOLVINDEN' range of outdoor lights.
"IKEA is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our range and business practices. As the largest home furnishings store, we are constantly looking at ways to help support our customers with every day environmentally responsible solutions that will improve their lives. Eliminating incandescents is just one simple way for IKEA customers to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases," commented Mike Ward, US IKEA President.
What do consumers think about this phase out, upcoming government legislation and more? IKEA wanted to know. Here are the results of the IKEA lighting survey, conducted by telephone in December 2010 by Harris Interactive among 1,011 US adults.
•Changing light bulbs in home to energy saving lights. Nearly two-thirds (59%) of Americans have changed majority of light bulbs in their homes to energy saving lights. Women (63%) are more likely to have changed their bulbs than men (55%).
•Awareness of US Legislation; The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which will mandate more efficient light bulbs by 2012-2014. More than half (61%) of Americans are not aware of the legislation to phase out incandescent light bulbs. And 84% of people, ages 18-24, are not aware of the legislation.
•Concern for energy saving lights. More than two-thirds (67%) of Americans care about using energy saving lights. And more than half (56%) of Americans are ready to switch to energy saving lights.
•Saving money. Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) Americans believe that using energy saving lights will save them money.
•Disposal of old bulbs. 62% of Americans are not concerned about disposal of old bulbs.
•Environmental Practice. 81% of Americans say that using energy saving lights is a good environmental practice.
•Light color and intensity concern. Only 14% of Americans are "very concerned" about light color, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes. 51% of Americans are "not at all concerned" about light color. More than half (61%) of Americans are not concerned about light intensity, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes.
73% of Americans are not concerned about being able to dim the lights with energy saving lights. In regard to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights, more than half (56%) of Americans are not concerned about the bulb not being able to fit in their regular light fixtures.