Ikea lights the way with switch to full LED range
Ikea has become the first major global retailer to offer only LED lights, by phasing out traditional halogen bulbs in its new lighting range.
The LED range uses 85% less energy and the bulbs last up to twenty times longer than traditional light bulbs, with an average lifetime of around 25,000 hours.
Ikea chief sustainability officer Steve Howard said: “By switching to LED our customers will use up to 85% less energy which will not only reduce their carbon footprint but also help them combat rising energy prices.
Ikea estimates a UK household using an average of 10 light bulbs could save up to £300 from their annual energy bill.
The launch of the full LED range is the latest move by Ikea to improve its sustainability.
In June, Ikea pledged to spend €500m on wind power and €100m on solar by 2020, with its charitable division announcing a further €400m for communities at risk from climate change.
The company has also driven its Scandinavian operations to full energy independence. The company’s factories and shops in Scandinavia now produce enough as much renewable energy as they use through a combination of installed solar panels and company operated wind turbines and biomass plants.
Ikea now owns and operates 314 wind turbines in nine countries and has installed 700,000 solar panels on its buildings.
At the launch of its new renewable energy spending in June, Ikea CEO Peter Agnefjäll said: “We are going all in to transform our business, to ensure that it is fit for the future and we can have a positive impact.
“This includes going 100% for renewable energy, by investing in wind and solar, and converting all our lighting products to affordable LED bulbs, helping many millions of households to live a more sustainable life at home.”