Ikea, the Swedish-based furnishings retailer, says it will sell only LED lamps and bulbs in its stores by 2016 in an effort to help customers save energy, reduce electricity bills and cut carbon emissions.
Ikea says it will sell the LED bulbs at the lowest price on the market. The company did not provide anymore details on pricing.
As part of its initiative, Ikea also will change more than one million light sources inside its stores to LED and other more efficient lighting, the company said. Ikea kicked off its plans by giving every one of its 130,000 employees an LED light.
Ikea also released a two surveys in conjunction with the announcement. Its Ikea Global Study found slightly less than one half of Americans (43 percent) have at least one LED bulb in their house, compared to China with 80 percent, Russua with 65 percent and Sweden with 61 percent.
Only 27 percent of Americans know that LED bulbs last 20 years, according to a separate Ikea survey conducted by Wakefield Research. The same survey found 34 percent of people don’t know that LED bulbs use less energy.
Ikea’s announcement follows other initiatives, such as the phase out of plastic bags in 2007 and incandescent bulbs in 201o.
The company also has implemented an aggressive rooftop solar program at its stores. Last month, Ikea completed its 33rd solar project in the US. Renewable energy provides 51 percent of Ikea’s energy, up from 47 percent in FY10, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report released in February. During FY2011, energy efficiency across all Ikea stores improved by 4 percent compared to FY2010, which the company says helped save 6.2 million euro. The gains were mainly achieved through improvements in store equipment, such as HVAC systems and lighting.