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IKEA to sell only LED lighting by 2016

IKEA, a leading home furnishings retailer, said today it will be converting its full lighting range to LED by 2016, meaning the company will sell only LED bulbs and lamps. It is believed that IKEA is the first U.S. home furnishings retailer to take such a move.

Additionally, IKEA said it is changing more than one million light sources inside their stores to LED and other more efficient lighting.

“We are committed to enabling our coworkers and customers to live a more sustainable life at home. And changing to LED lights is a smart and cost effective way to be sustainable in our everyday lives. IKEA supports this to such a degree that we recently gave LED lights to every one of the 130,000 IKEA coworkers across the globe,” said Mike Ward, IKEA US president.

Today, there is a wide range of LED bulbs available at IKEA that enables customers to easily change incandescent bulbs to LED without changing the lamp base.

IKEA, in a press release, said that 43% of American households have at least one LED bulb in their homes. That number is based on an IKEA Global study.

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