IKEA to Stop Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs

January 4, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

IKEA phases out incandescent light bulbs. Energy-saving light bulbs (C and L) next to an incandescent one (R). (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)
IKEA phases out incandescent light bulbs. Energy-saving light bulbs (C and L) next to an incandescent one (R). (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)
IKEA has become the first retailer to stop the sale of incandescent light bulbs as of Tuesday, Jan. 4.

The world’s leading home furnishing company has completed its mission to phase out incandescent light bulbs, which began on Aug. 1 of last year.

The Swedish retail company believes steps such as this meet the consumer's search for environmentally responsible solutions.

“IKEA is committed to integrating sustainability into all IKEA strategies and practices in the entire product life cycle," said Mike Ward, U.S. IKEA president in a press release.

"Eliminating incandescents is a simple way to lead the charge for IKEA customers to use energy saving light bulbs, thus reducing energy consumption and reducing the amount of greenhouses gases," Ward continued. "It’s a little step with a big impact on our planet."

IKEA’s action is one step ahead of 2012 federal legislation to eliminate incandescent light bulbs.

"By only putting good options on the shelf, retailers can make it easy for customers to do the right thing—in this case, reduce their energy use and impact on the environment," said Jason Clay, senior vice president of Markets for the World Wildlife Fund. "As the first major retailer to completely phase out incandescent bulbs, we hope IKEA's leadership will be contagious."

IKEA will continue to provide a range of more energy-conserving lighting such as LED lights, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and halogen bulbs, which are not only more energy efficient, but also longer-lasting.