Lights Out: IKEA Ends Sale of Incandescent Light Bulbs in U.S.
A compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb.
The end of the incandescent lighting era is edging even closer now that IKEA has stopped selling the hot, energy-hogging bulbs in its U.S. stores.
The Swedish home furnishings giant made the move ahead of a national incandescent bulb phase-out, which will start in 2012 under the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Taking the traditional bulbs' place will be compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), a twisty, more energy-efficient light source, as well as other types such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and halogens.
Certified by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Star program, CFLs consume about 75 percent less electricity and pump out 75 percent less heat than their incandescent cousins. Those reductions mean energy savings and a cut in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.
Another major bonus for CFLs is that they can last up to ten times as long as old-school incandescents.
A drawback, however, is that CFLs contain toxic mercury, so they should not be chucked into the regular garbage when they eventually burn out. IKEA said it will support proper disposal of CFLs with recycling bins at all stores.
"Eliminating incandescents is just one simple way for IKEA customers to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases," said Mike Ward, president of IKEA in the United States, in a statement. "As the largest home furnishings store, we are constantly looking at ways to help support our customers with every-day environmentally responsible solutions that will improve their lives."