Ikea, that chain of giant warehouses and catalyst of many an argument, have recently pledged to switch all the products in their lighting department to LEDs by 2016.
That’s still four years away, but it’s certainly an interesting move – particularly given that the EU’s “phasing-out” of traditional incandescent lightbulbs is due to be completed in 2016. After that point, all lightbulbs sold in the European Union must be energy-rated “B” or above.
This past weekend, the Guardian ran a feature on the people with the ideas to save the climate. Ikea’s chief sustainability officer Steve Howard (formerly of NGO The Climate Group) was just one of many talking heads.
What the company is advocating is a huge shift towards consumer responsibility: a micro-level change in every home.
Switching Wholly to LED products
Ikea’s pledge could prove interesting for the industry as a whole. They are not exactly known for selling pricey, high-end products. Switching wholly to LED products could bring down the prices of these fittings significantly.
Although solid state technology is probably the most eco-friendly lighting options on the consumer market, it hasn’t been widely adopted. It’s easy to see why; the price of an LED lamp is many times higher than a halogen bulb (although the cost-over-time of running it is much, much less).
We are happy about the move, not only for the sake of the planet, but because we’re actually ahead of the curve. We’ve been selling affordable LED light fittings and bulbs for ages.
We also stock Toshiba 6.5W LED spotlights, which give roughly the same output as a 35W halogen bulb and can be fitted into existing light fittings with the GU10 mount. Available in cool or warm white, these lamps may be a little more expensive than their incandescent ancestors, but with a lifespan of around 25,000 hours, they are certainly worth the investment.
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