Survey Shows Americans Still in the Dark About LEDs
Submitted by IKEA
IKEA sheds new light on home sustainability practices with a bold move to go 100% LED by 2016 - and turns the world in a new direction by becoming the first US home furnishing retailer to sell only LED bulbs and lamps. LED lighting consumes 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 times longer. That’s a long time! But, in fact, only 27% of Americans know that LED bulbs last 20 years (source: Wakefield Research).
Supporting the LED light revolution, IKEA will be converting its full lighting range to LED by 2016, meaning IKEA will sell only LED bulbs and LED lamps to enable millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home and save money on their energy bills.
IKEA will be selling the LED bulbs at the lowest price on the market, thus making it affordable for the many people. Additionally, IKEA is changing more than one million light sources inside the IKEA stores to LED and other more efficient lighting.
Sustainability is a cornerstone of IKEA, which takes continuous steps to make its business more sustainable and, at the same time, makes it easier for customers to live a more sustainable life at home.
“LED is a light revolution. With household electricity bills continuing to rise rapidly and global energy consumption increasing, a small LED bulb can have a very big impact. It uses much less energy than a traditional bulb and brings a lot of home furnishing potential to the home. Building on our belief that everyone should be able to afford to live more sustainably at home, we will make sure our LED prices are the lowest on the market,” says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.
“WWF is aiming for a 100% renewable energy future. In order to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, we need to take advantage of all opportunities. Almost 20% of global electricity consumption comes from lighting, so shifting lighting to LED technology is a cost-effective way to get change at scale. IKEA converting its lighting range to LED will have a real impact in reducing energy use in many households," says Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Global Climate and Energy Initiative.
This LED initiative follows past IKEA US leadership actions such as the phase out of plastic bags in 2007 and incandescent bulbs in 2010.
“We are committed to enabling our coworkers and customers to live a more sustainable life at home. And changing to LED lights is a smart and cost effective way to be sustainable in our everyday lives. IKEA supports this to such a degree that we recently gave LED lights to every one of the 130,000 IKEA coworkers across the globe,” comments Mike Ward, IKEA US President.
Today, there is a wide range of LED bulbs available at IKEA that enable customers to easily change old incandescent bulbs to LED without changing the lamp base. LED lighting is, until now, one of the best-kept secrets in home furnishing sustainability:
IKEA SURVEY RESULTS
New surveys from IKEA US reveal that Americans are starting to take steps to keep their homes more sustainable by using LED bulbs, but are still learning about the benefits of LED lights. Here are some of the IKEA survey findings:
Americans are Starting to See the (LED) Light
Electric Bill Going Up? Time to Turn On LED
Show Us the Bulbs… Americans Who Know About LED Ready to Switch!
Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Think Their Significant Other Will Last as Long as an LED Light Bulb - so your most enduring long-term relationship might be with an LED!
People who buy an LED bulb today can count on that bulb for the next 20 years. Research shows that…
Americans Have Some Bulb-Changing to Do
What Eco Generation? Turns Out More Boomers are Buying LEDs
Go LED! Together, we can change the world – one bulb at a time.
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since then, IKEA, the Life Improvement Store has offered home furnishings and accessories of great design and quality with functional living solutions at everyday low prices. Currently there are more than 300 IKEA stores in 37 countries, including 50 in North America (11 in Canada; 39 in the US; 1 in the Dominican Republic). IKEA has six distribution centers in North America. TIME Magazine (May 2009) listed IKEA as one of the top 8 most global eco conscious companies. IKEA incorporates environmentally friendly efforts into day-to-day business and continuously supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment including UNICEF, Save the Children and American Forests. To visit the IKEA Web site, please go to www.IKEA-usa.com and also learn more about IKEA environmental and social responsibility actions and programs. Also visit www.Facebook.com/IKEAUSA.
*Survey Methodology Notes
The IKEA survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,006 nationally representative Americans, ages 18 and older, between September 10th and September 17th, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The IKEA global survey was conducted by YouGov among 6,000 consumers in China, Russia, Germany, UK, the United States and Sweden in July 2012.
IKEA strives to be 'The Life Improvement Store,' and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 320 IKEA stores in 39 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.
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