IKEA Has Pulled the Plug — Incandescent lights are out

As of January, 2011, all IKEA US stores stopped stocking and selling Incandescent light bulbs. Ahead of the upcoming legislation – The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that will phase out all incandescent light bulbs by 2012-2014 (2). IKEA has now made these lights a thing of the past. As a result, IKEA is now the first major retailer to stop the sale of incandescent lights.

Focusing on a comprehensive range of effective energy saving bulbs, IKEA currently offers: the popular compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) – many of which have earned the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® label, as well as a full range of LED lamps that are 70% more efficient than incandescents. IKEA’s offering also includes Halogen lamps which consume 30% less energy than traditional incandescents and are a great ‘white light’ alternative. The halogen range also includes a halogen retrofit bulb which can be used in a standard light socket. IKEA also offers solar powered lamps including the SUNNAN desk lamp and the ‘SOLVINDEN’ range of outdoor lights.

Did You Know?
IKEA offers lighting solutions that are more efficient and have less negative impact on the environment.
•CFLs last from 6-10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs (6000 – 10,000 vs. 1,000 hours) and use 80% less energy. Due to this lower energy use, they can save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime. (EnergyStar.gov) **
•If every American household replaced 1 incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulb, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for 1 year. (EnergyStar.gov)
•According to 18seconds.org, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than two million cars. And families would save more than $600 million in annual energy costs. The average American family spends $1,900 on energy bills each year. (green.yahoo.com/18seconds)
•Lighting expenses account for almost 25% of electricity costs of customers’ homes. (EnergyStar.gov). Halogen bulbs use 30% less energy and last 2-4 times longer than conventional bulbs. (IKEA Group). IKEA LED lights use 70% less energy and burn at least 20 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. (IKEA Group)

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs – What You Should KnowCFLS (Compact Flourescent Bulbs) reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment. And CFLs contain very small amounts of mercury.

What is Mercury? Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. Mercury is found in many rocks including coal. When coal is burned at a utility power plant to produce electricity, mercury is released into the environment. Coal-burning power plants are the largest man-made source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States, accounting for about half of all domestic human-caused mercury emissions (source: 2005 National Emissions Inventory). Using energy-efficient CFLs reduces demand for power, which in turn reduces the amount of mercury released into the environment by coal-burning power plants.

CFLs Contain Very Small Amounts of Mercury. On average, CFLs contain abut four milligrams of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in over 100 CFLs. IKEA CFL’s only contain 2 milligrams of mercury far less than the industry average. Manufacturers of fluorescent lighting products are working to reduce the amount of mercury content in CFLs. -No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (i.e., not broken) or in use, but CFLs release mercury vapor when broken.

Why use CFLs if they contain mercury? Small amounts of mercury can be released into the environment when CFLs break, or if they are improperly disposed of at the end of their useful lives. The total amount of mercury that could be released into the environment through breakage and improper disposal, however, is small compared to the amount of mercury that doesn’t get released into the environment because Americans are choosing energy-efficient CFLs, reducing demand for electricity. Learn more from the Energy Star program about the benefits of using CFLs by visiting: energystar.supportportal.com

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