Swedish mega-retailer announced last week that U.S. stores will stop selling incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out begins on August 1, 2010; by the end of the year, the energy-sucking home lighting alternative will no longer be available at North American IKEA stores. The move preempts federal energy-efficiency measures which will phase out incandescent lighting beginning in 2012. The bulbs are already banned in Europe.
This fall, IKEA will introduce a halogen bulb that fits in a standard socket and produces warm light with a third less electricity.
Say what you will about IKEA's tendency to fill landfills with products that don't last, this move is one of the many steps toward sustainability that the company has taken over the last two years. Others include phasing out plastic bags, using sustainably harvested wood, and offering safe in-store disposal of mercury-containing CFL bulbs.