IKEA, the Swedish company known all over the world as a giant in the world of furniture and home improvement products, has announced that it will only sell LED lighting devices in its stores. The company is doing so to help speed up adoption of LED lighting.
This morning, the Swedish home furnishings giant announced its’ intent to sell only LED lighting in its stores by 2016. “No more halogen. No more Sparsam low-energy bulbs. No more fluorescent lights. We’re putting all our development and design efforts behind LEDs because we think everyone should be able to afford to illuminate their lives with the most sustainable lighting available.”
Bulbs and fixtures built around light emitting diode technology now produce the same color as traditional incandescent bulbs (earlier versions tended to a blue cast), noted the IKEA declaration of intent. These tiny bulbs also consume up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lights, start up immediately (unlike those cork-screw shaped cold fluorescent bulbs), contain no mercury or other toxins (another CFL concern), have a lifetime of 20,000 hours and can be recycled as electrical waste. IKEA also argues that LED bulbs don’t get warm – though that feature must be design specific, judging from the massive heat sinks that other LED light bulb producers like 3M, Insignia (Best Buy house brand), Philips and C.Crane glue to the bases of their bulbs.
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