LED is a light source which uses just 15% of the total energy consumed by incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 years. LED offers high quality light and solutions for different lighting between warm or cool light.
IKEA aims to sell only LED lights by 2016. The bulbs are said to last an excess of 20,000 hours compared to normal bulbs.
A survey in the U.S showed that 68% still do not know that LED bulbs can last an average of 20 years and 34% didn’t realize that LEDs use less electricity than other bulbs.
“Note that if one million people changed one bulb each into an LED this would be equivalent to taking 6,700 cars off the road or planting 17 million trees per year. That’s significant,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. President.
“At IKEA, we believe that everyone should be able to afford to live a more sustainable life at home and save money on their energy bills. Also using less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Changing a light bulb may seem like a small action but many small actions can lead to a big change,” commented Lars Petersson.
IKEA has developed an innovative approach and aims to produce as much renewable energy as the total energy IKEA consumes globally by 2020. A perfect illustration of social responsibility both from a sustainability and a corporate responsibility point of view.
As of the end of 2015, IKEA renewable energy investments in the U.S will produce four times more energy than IKEA uses in U.S. 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.