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Published on July 12th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


IKEA Saying Goodbye to Incandescent Light Bulbs

IKEA phasing out incandescent light bulbs

IKEA will be the first retailer in the US to phase out the out-of-date incandescent light bulb, which it will start doing on August 1.

It plans to have the bulb completely eliminated from its US stores by January 1, 2011.

IKEA writes:

IKEA customers will have a good choice of other effective energy saving bulbs. While the compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is the most popular bulb, IKEA also offers a range of LED lamps which are 70% more efficient than using incandescent bulbs. IKEA Halogen lamps which consume 30% less energy are also a great ‘white light’ alternative. And beginning fall, 2010, IKEA will offer a halogen bulb which can be used in a standard light socket. This is called a retro-fit halogen bulb.

It is a great step. And it comes well before federal legislation that will require phasing out of incandescent bulbs starting in 2012.

Nonetheless, with the energy savings of CFLs and other more energy efficient light bulbs on the market, one has to wonder why this didn’t happen sooner.

via TreeHugger

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  • Frank Hanlan

    The TreeHugger article points out that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out as of 2012 in the U.S. In Canada incandescents are being phased out as of Jan. 1, 2011.

    I am really glad that Ikea will also stocking a variety of LEDs because they appear to be safer (no mercury).

  • John

    But Walmart has been phasing them out longer, and sells very few incandesent bulbs [ones that have not yet been converted to efg’s.

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