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IKEA Canada Turns Out the Lights on Incandescent Light Bulbs as of January 1st, 2011
[National]  Burlington, Ontario – This recent IKEA environmental initiative is ahead of the federal government ban set to take effect in 2012 making IKEA Canada the first Canadian retailer to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs.
Burlington, Ontario – As of January 1st, 2011, IKEA Canada will no longer offer incandescent light bulbs at its 11 Canadian stores. This recent IKEA environmental initiative is ahead of the federal government ban set to take effect in 2012 making IKEA Canada the first Canadian retailer to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs. Earlier this year, IKEA Canada announced it would begin phasing out incandescent light bulbs starting in August, with the goal of eliminating all incandescent bulbs from the range by January 1st, 2011.

“By phasing out incandescent light bulbs at our stores, we are helping our customers to choose more energy efficient lighting solutions,” says Kerri Molinaro, President of IKEA Canada. “A simple change such as an energy efficient light bulb can make big difference in reducing energy costs and emissions while helping customers live a more sustainable life at home.”

IKEA Canada will continue to offer a wide range of other energy saving bulbs. While the compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is the most popular option, IKEA also offers alternative energy saving lighting options including: LED lamps which are 70 per cent more efficient than using incandescent bulbs, IKEA Halogen lamps which consume 30 per cent less energy and solar powered lamps including their SUNNAN desk lamp. IKEA has also launched a new “halogen retrofit” bulb, which can be used with a standard light socket.

Did you know:
  • CFLs last 6-10 times longer (6,000 - 10,000 vs. 1,000 hours) and use 80 per cent less energy. Plus they save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime. (EnergyStar.gov)

  • If each of Canada's 12 million households replaced one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 15-watt CFL, we would save a total of up to $108 million a year in energy costs. And we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 360,000 tonnes — the same result as if we took more than 73,000 cars off the road. (Canadian GHG Challenge Registry Guide to Entity & Facility-Based Reporting)

  • If you replace five regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs – you will reduce greenhouse gases by 150 kilograms a year.

  • Each CFL bulb saves 78 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.(GreenBiz.com)

  • Halogen bulbs use 30 per cent less energy and last 2-4 times longer than conventional bulbs. (IKEA Group)

  • IKEA LED lights use 70 per cent less energy and burn at least 20 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. (IKEA Group)


CFLs contain a small, controlled, amount of mercury and – similar to paint, batteries and thermostats – must be disposed of properly according to local regulations. Since 2001, IKEA Canada has offered a “Free Take Back” program for CFLs at all 11 locations in Canada since 2001. This program also offers free recycling of batteries.

About IKEA

IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 280 stores in 26 countries worldwide, which are visited by 626 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the ikea.com websites attracted 712 million 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 and our sustainability program, please visit: www.ikea.ca/theneverendinglist

For further information or to schedule an interview with an IKEA spokesperson please contact:

Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick
National Public Relations Manager
IKEA Canada
T: 905-637-9440 x 6378
madeleine.lowenborg-frick@ikea.com

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