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Published on October 2nd, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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IKEA 1st Retailer to Sell Only LED Lights (by 2016)

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October 2nd, 2012 by  

IKEA, one of the world’s top home retail stores, plans to sell only LED lights by 2016 — it is reportedly the first to make such an announcement in the United States.

The decision by the Swedish furniture giant is just part of the company’s sustainability strategy. IKEA has also banned incandescent light bulbs and plastic bags, according to a statement by IKEA.

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Besides IKEA’s continued commitment to sustainability, the plan to have all LED lights by 2016 comes hot off the heels of a survey by IKEA and Wakefield Research.

The survey noted that half of Americans have seen an increase in their electricity bills within the past 1-2 years.

Meanwhile, 69% of US residents said up to 40% of their electricity bill comes from lighting.

While Americans have some concern about the upward trend regarding their electricity bills, and its correlation with lighting, there is plenty of opportunity now to cut those costs with IKEA planning to go LED by 2016. For example, LED lights can cut 50%-90% of a customer’s lighting energy costs, according to IKEA.

LED lighting growth in 2011 was 44%, according to data from Strategies Unlimited.

Here are some other interesting facts regarding LED lights that you may not know, according to IKEA:

  • The lifespan of an LED light bulb is twenty years, 8-10 times longer than CFL lights.
  • LED bulbs use less electricity than incandescent or CFL bulbs
  • LED light bulbs can be put in anywhere in the house, and can fit into most lamps. This will be another important selling feature for LED lights for IKEA, as the survey also noted only 27% American know LED bulbs can last twenty years.

–> Also recommended for you: Energy-efficient Lighting Market in Europe to 2020 – LEDs Emerge as Key Growth Sector due to Price Discounting and Phosphor Shortages Restricting CFL Production

Source: CSR Newswire

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About the Author

Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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