IKEA first major Canadian retailer to only sell LED bulbs and lighting

BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - IKEA Canada announced that as of September 1, 2015 all IKEA stores will only sell LED bulbs and lighting to enable customers to live a more sustainable life at home. This bold move was announced in 2012 and IKEA is pleased it has met its commitment.

"LED is a light revolution. With household electricity bills continuing to rise rapidly and global energy consumption increasing, LED lighting will have a big impact. 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 affordable for the many," says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.

LED is a light source which uses 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 years. Each LED bulb also saves approximately $10 of electricity costs per year, compared with incandescent bulbs. LED offers high quality light and solutions for different lighting between warm or cool light. IKEA makes the switch affordable by offering the LEDARE E26 2-pack of 400 lumen/40 watt replacement LED bulbs for $6.99 which lasts 15,000 hours longer than most other low cost options. IKEA also offers a 600 lumen/60 watt replacement LED dimmable bulb for $8.99 and a 1000 lumen/75 watt replacement LED dimmable bulb for $12.99. Most IKEA LED bulbs are dimmable in all shapes and sizes, and all with high quality.

"I'm proud to say that IKEA is the first retailer in Canada to completely phase out the incandescent bulb and convert all light sources to LED," said Stefan Sjöstrand, President of IKEA Canada. "We believe that Canadians should be able to afford to live a more sustainable life at home and also save money on their energy bills."

This year, IKEA has already sold 1.5 million LED bulbs to Canadians, which means that IKEA has helped Canadian customers save 110 million kilowatt hours and about $12 million in energy costs in 2015 alone.*

IKEA is also working to reduce its use of energy and to use more renewable energy. The goal is to produce as much renewable energy as the total energy IKEA consumes globally by 2020. In 2015, IKEA Canada became energy independent through its renewable energy investments in Canada which produce more than double the amount of energy that IKEA uses in its Canadian operations. Recently, the IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation committed $1.12 billion to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support communities most at risk. This follows an IKEA Group commitment to invest $1.9 billion in renewable energy by the end of 2015.

FACTS – IKEA LED (Light Emitting Diode)

  • LED light bulbs:
    • Last up to 20 years and consume 85% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. 
    • Come in almost any shape or size so they can fit in your old light fixtures reflect colours in a natural way and provide an even light start-up immediately.
  • If one million people replaced one incandescent bulb with an LED bulb, this would reduce CO2 emissions equal to taking 3,900 cars off the road per year. This also corresponds to the yearly household electricity consumption of 4,400 households.

* Assumes 9W LED replacement of a 60W incandescent bulb, used 4 hours per day for a year, at an average electricity cost of $0.12/kWh.

About IKEA Canada
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 369 stores in 47 countries worldwide, which are visited by 821 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.6 billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.


For further information: Tanya Bevington, Corporate Communications Manager, IKEA Canada, tanya.bevington1@IKEA.com


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