IKEA has announced it is ditching incandescents for good and transitioning to a 100-percent LED lighting range—and soon. The shift will be completed next month, and will make IKEA the first major global retailer to make such a commitment to LED technology. The Swedish company promises to help customers save money and energy on their lighting choices, while offering stylish solutions for the home.
The primary motivation for this change is to solidify the company’s recognition of LED technology as a more efficient and environmentally friendly option than traditional light bulbs. LEDs use as much as 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last up to 20 times longer. Because of the longer life, even a more expensive LED light bulb can represent a hefty financial savings over the life of the bulb, and that’s a big draw for people looking to invest in products that will last.
Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Office for IKEA Group, understands that desire. By switching to a fully LED lighting range, Howard said in a statement that IKEA is “helping our customers live a more sustainable life at home with simple solutions.” He also acknowledges that most people aren’t interested in sacrificing design for energy savings, so IKEA has “worked hard to make products that are beautiful, sustainable and affordable.”
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