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Ikea to Start Phasing Out Incandescent Light Bulbs

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 01:02 PM

Swedish home furnishings purveyor Ikea is turning out the lights at its North American stores next month when it plans to pull incandescent light bulbs from its shelves in favor of longer-lasting and energy-efficient ones instead.

The company said Tuesday that it hopes to have all incandescent bulbs out of its U.S. and Canadian stores by Jan. 1, in favor of other longer lasting bulbs. That's ahead of federal legislation that calls for a phaseout beginning in 2012.

"As we sell out the incandescents that we have in stock, we will restock with low energy," said Mona Astra Liss, a spokeswoman for Ikea's U.S. corporate headquarters in Conshohocken, Pa.

Ikea said customers will have more efficient options including compact fluorescent bulbs, LED and halogen lamps. Liss declined to say what percentage of the company's lighting stock was now made up of low-energy bulbs, or provide sales figures.

"We have a full range of LED and halogens," Liss said. "We will be developing that range even further."

Compact fluorescent, or CFL, bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Ikea has more than 300 stores in 37 countries, including 37 in the U.S.

The pullout applies to the 48 stores in Canada and the United States. Ikea stores in France and Australia have already started phasing out the incandescent bulbs.

Since 2001, Ikea also has offered ways to recycle the CFL bulbs, which contain mercury.

The company's voluntary phaseout is one of its environmental initiatives aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, Liss said.

In October 2008, the company eliminated all disposable plastic bags at the checkouts of its North American stores.

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