A few months ago, IKEA began phasing out incandescent light bulbs in all of their stores across the U.S. That alone makes a great statement for their millions of customers, and their website encourages the same: “If every IKEA customer replaced one ordinary 60-watt bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, the energy savings would be as much as the greenhouse gas emissions from 750,000 cars.”
Not only are they stocking CFL light bulbs on their shelves, but LED lamps as well. They are touting the fact that these initiatives will save their customers money by saving energy – something everyone is looking for these days.
So it doesn’t come to us as a surprise that IKEA is now claiming to be the first retailer to completely eliminate incandescents from their stores. A huge part of the switch is due to a U.S. ban on the sale of incandescents that will start with 100-watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2012, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013, then 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs in 2014. But the initiative is also part of the responsibility that IKEA is taking to building a better environment.
“We know this continuous improvement is a never-ending job, and that we are sometimes part of the problem. But we work hard to be part of the solution,” their website states.