Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

IKEA turns off old-style light bulbs

By Blake Ellis, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- IKEA said Tuesday it has stopped selling incandescent light bulbs in its U.S. home furnishing stores.

The Swedish-based company said that it is the first retailer to completely pull the plug on the bulbs, after phasing out incandescent lights beginning in August.

IKEA's move to no longer stock or sell the traditional light bulbs comes ahead of a government-mandated phase-out of the incandescents from 2012 to 2014. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, aimed at reducing energy consumption, will require light bulbs to be 30% more energy efficient than current incandescent bulbs.

IKEA will instead offer fluorescent bulbs, as well as LED, halogen and solar-powered lamps.

"Eliminating incandescents is just one simple way for IKEA customers to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases," Mike Ward, US IKEA President, said in a prepared statement.  To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,689.86 -56.12 -0.32%
Nasdaq 5,128.28 -0.50 -0.01%
S&P 500 2,103.84 -4.79 -0.23%
Treasuries 2.20 -0.06 -2.78%
Data as of 4:30pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 17.88 -0.25 -1.38%
Micron Technology In... 18.51 -1.39 -6.98%
Facebook Inc 94.01 -1.20 -1.26%
Apple Inc 121.30 -1.07 -0.87%
Frontier Communicati... 4.72 0.09 1.94%
Data as of Jul 31
Sponsors

Sections

Some families are outraged at the sums they've been offered by Lufthansa as compensation for the Germanwings plane crash in March which killed 150 people. More

The U.S. economy has had pretty ho-hum start to 2015. But the stage is set for a strong second half of the year. More

Fast-food chains that operate in more than 30 locations nationwide are the sole target of a new rule in New York to hike their minimum wage to $15. But consumers and small business owners, as well as some employees, may be the ones to pay the price. More

You can't blame it on the economy anymore. More Millennials now have jobs, but are still living at home. More