800px LED bulbs IKEA pledges to sell only LED lighting by 2016

IKEA has vowed to sell only LED lighting by 2016, a bold move that will see it becoming the first home furnishing retailer in the United States to adopt this energy-saving initiative.

IKEA has vowed to sell only LED lighting by 2016, a bold move that will see it becoming the first home furnishing retailer in the United States to adopt this energy-saving initiative.

 
LED lights consume 85 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and can last a whopping 20 times longer, yet a survey conducted by IKEA and another conducted by Wakefield Research shows that Americans are poorly-informed about these facts. 
 
For example,  only 34 percent know that LED lights provide similar lighting quality to incandescent bulbs, while the same percentage did not know that LED bulbs use less energy. 27 percent were not aware that such lighting can last up to 20 years. Other countries like China and Russia show much higher levels of knowledge about LED bulbs.
 
800px LED bulbs IKEA pledges to sell only LED lighting by 2016
 
IKEA's plan could mark a huge change in the US, however, especially if other stores follow suit. With only LED lighting available for purchase, shoppers will have no choice but to adopt an energy-saving approach to lighting their home.
 
The Swedish company is not forgetting its own lighting either, however. It plans to change over one million light sources inside its IKEA stores to LED and other energy efficient lightning. It even gave LED lights to all of its 130,000 staff across the world.
 
It also vows to offer LED bulbs cheaper than anywhere else, which is important considering the higher initial cost compared to incandescent bulbs and even to rival energy-saving bulbs like CFLs. However, the four years it will take to reach IKEA's goal will likely see significant reductions in those prices.
 
“LED is a light revolution. With household electricity bills continuing to rise rapidly and global energy consumption increasing, a small LED bulb can have a very big impact,” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA. “It uses much less energy than a traditional bulb and brings a lot of home furnishing potential to the home. Building on our belief that everyone should be able to afford to live more sustainably at home, we will make sure our LED prices are the lowest on the market.”
 
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