IKEA has announced that their stores will no longer stock or sell incandescent light bulbs. IKEA is the world’s largest retailer of home furnishings and will be the first major retailer to remove incandescents from their shelves.
“IKEA is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our business practices … and [is] constantly looking at ways to help support our customers with everyday environmentally responsible solutions that will improve their lives,” IKEA U.S. President Mike Ward said in a press announcement Tuesday. “Eliminating incandescents is just one simple way for IKEA customers to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases.”
With the removal of incandescent light bulbs, compact florescent bulbs (or CFLs) with comprise the majority of light bulb sales. CFLs can last 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and, more importantly, they use 80% less energy while provide an equivalent amount of light. IKEA also sells LED bulbs, which are 70% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and last much longer. With the increased use of CFLs, consumers can expect the prices of CFLs to decrease as production increases. Consumers should be weary of cheap products though and stick to the most popular and reliable light bulb manufacturers.