IKEA to replace all lighting to LED

IKEA claims it will replace its entire lighting range to LED in its US stores by 2016. As it celebrated its 25th year trading yesterday, the Swedish retailer said the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

IKEA claims it will replace its entire lighting range to LED in its US stores by 2016.

As it celebrated its 25th year trading yesterday, the Swedish retailer said the move is in a bid to help people become more sustainable at home and save money on their energy bills.

IKEA claims it will be selling the new bulbs at the lowest price on the market to make it affordable for everyone. It will also be changing more than one million light sources in its stores to LED and other more efficient lighting.

According to a YouGov survey, if one million people replaced one bulb each with LED, it would be equivalent to taking around 6,700 cars off the road or planting 17 million trees per year.

Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group said: “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.”

Earlier this year the retailer also announced it will be using only renewable energy at all its stores and offices in Sweden after buying 30 new wind turbines.