Lights Out: IKEA Bans Incandescent Bulbs

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Jumping on the incandescent ban bandwagon, as of January 4th all US-based IKEA stores pulled the plug on all incandescent light bulbs. In an effort to meet European standards and get a jump-start on the impending 2012 US phase-out, IKEA will instead be offering a variety of energy-efficient bulbs, and is be the first major retailer to do so.

According to a survey conducted by IKEA many consumers are already converting to energy efficient bulbs, and while they care about energy saving lights, most were not aware of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which will mandate more efficient light bulbs by 2012-2014.

IKEA currently offers a number of alternative, efficient bulb options:

  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL), many of which are Energy Star labeled and can be recycled at IKEA stores.
  • LEDs – 70% more efficient than incandescents.
  • Halogens – Consume 30% less energy than incandescents.
  • Solar powered lights


(Image: Flickr member Kyle May licensed for use under Creative Commons)