IKEA was the first major retailer to stop selling incandescent bulbs – the ones that provide beautiful light but eat up electricity – in favor of those controversial compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs.
That was 2010 and it seemed that so-called CFLs (the ones at right in the middle) were the future, much to the chagrin of my mom and millions of others who don’t like the way their nicely decorated houses look in what is generally an ugly, yellow-tinged light.
And who wants to look in the mirror in the morning underneath one of those fluorescent bulbs? Yuck.
Now, though, IKEA has pledged to get rid of the CFLs too in favor of only LED bulbs (above far right), which the company says last longer and are therefore more energy efficient. LED stands for light-emitting diodes.
The full conversion to LEDs will be complete in 2016, IKEA says.
“LED is a light revolution,” said IKEA’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, in a statement released by the company.