IKEA to convert all lighting to LED
LED lighting consumes 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and lasts 20 years, 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
IKEA supports the LED light revolution by converting its full lighting range to LED by 2016 – meaning IKEA will selling only LED bulbs and LED lamps. To enable millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home and save money on their energy bills, the bulbs will be sold at the lowest price on the market. IKEA is also changing the more than one million light sources inside the IKEA stores to LED and other more energy efficient lighting.
Sustainability is a cornerstone of our business and IKEA takes continuous steps to make its business more sustainable and at the same time make it easier for customers to live a more sustainable life at home.
“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. 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,” says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.
Already today, there is a wide range of LED bulbs available at IKEA that enable customers to easily change old incandescent bulbs to LED without changing the lamp base. LED lighting is, until now, one of the best kept secrets in home furnishing sustainability:
- If one million people changed one bulb each into LED, this would in terms of CO2 emissions correspond to taking almost 6,700 cars off the road, or planting 17 million trees per year.
- The total annual cost saving (including purchase price and energy usage cost) of switching an incandescent 40W bulb to a corresponding LED bulb, is 5.3 Euro on average.
- · LED unlocks a new world of lighting design – it can be used in a multitude of ways, lights up immediately and gives good, warm light.
- LED is safe to use – it does not get hot and does not contain mercury.
“WWF is aiming for a 100% renewable energy future. In order to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, we need to take advantage of all opportunities. Almost 20% of global electricity consumption comes from lighting so shifting lighting to LED technology is a cost-effective way to get change at scale. IKEA converting its lighting range to LED will have a real impact in reducing energy use in many households,” says Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.
A recently conducted survey of 6000 consumers in China, Russia, Germany, UK, US and Sweden (July 2012*), showed that many are not aware of the benefits about LED, however 60% express an interested in LED as an energy saver, especially as energy bills generally rise and 20-25% of the electricity cost in the home comes from lighting.
* The survey was performed by YouGov for IKEA.
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