Swedish furniture superstore IKEA has gotten into environmental trouble over lots of things, and at first some of the local Israeli population protested IKEA’s entrance into the market. The company does not exactly espouse sustainable furniture design, with its inexpensive and intended-to-be-disposable furniture. Even if it has increased design awareness in Israel, it continues to offer a cheap, easy alternative to more sustainable and eco-friendly home furnishings. The company’s most recent move may somewhat redeem it in the eyes of environmentalists, though – IKEA Israel has become the country’s first retailer to discontinue sale of incandescent light bulbs.
Incandescent light bulbs, such as the one pictured above, are universally used and beloved for their glow’s similarity to the light of a candle (hence the name “incandescent”). That glow comes at a price though, as the large majority of the energy used to power the bulbs is wasted by the heat that they create.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy than incandescents and can last up to 10 times longer. Since they emit no heat, they are more energy efficient.
Some people believe that CFLs emit a cold, white neon light, but those days of the early CFLs are gone and now bulbs can be found that emit a warm yellow light similar to incandescents.
IKEA’s new policy became effective on September 1st, and it remains to be seen if other retailers will follow.
Read more about CFLs and green lighting::
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Image via: Anton Fomkin