Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA has announced that its entire range of lighting will be LEDs by September 2015.
IKEA claims that the move will make it the first major global retailer to offer a full LED lighting range. Compared to previous incandescent varieties of IKEA’s lighting range, the LED equivalents use 85% less energy. In addition, IKEA claims that its LEDs have a 25,000 hour lifetime per bulb which is up to 20 times longer.
“We’re dedicated to helping our customers live a more sustainable life at home with simple solutions, which is why we’re so proud of our fully LED lighting range”, explained Steve Howard, chief sustainability office at IKEA Group.
Howard continued: “By switching to LED our customers will use up to 85% less energy which will not only reduce their carbon footprint but also help them combat rising energy prices. Cutting down on energy consumption shouldn’t mean cutting down on style, which is why we’ve embraced LED technology and worked hard to make products that are beautiful, sustainable and affordable, so our customers can love LED as much as we do.”
IKEA wants to promote the energy saving potential of switching to LEDs and it claims that a British household which changes its average 10 bulbs to LED equivalents could save up to £300 on their annual energy bill. The furniture giant hopes that its procurement muscle will continue to make LED lighting more affordable, allowing more consumers to benefit from energy savings. In 2014, 75% of all lighting products sold by IKEA were LED or compaitable with LEDs.