In 2012, IKEA, the world’s largest home-furnishings retailer, vowed that it would only sell LED lamps in its stores by 2016. Three years later, it looks as though the retail giant is keeping its word and getting a head start. September 1st is when the company will begin to only sell LED lamps, and true to its reputation these lamps will come at a bargain. A 60W equivalent dimmable LED lamp will cost $4.50 each, slightly lower than the non-dimmable Philips 60W equivalent that came out this year for $5. It has a lower lumen output than the Philips bulb (600lm compared to 800lm respectively) but lasts for 25,000 hours vs. the 10,000 hour lifetime of the Philips bulb. A two-pack of 40W equivalent LED lamps from IKEA will be $4.50 and a 75W equivalent dimmable bulb will be $11.
This is a big step in the global adoption of LED lighting as more and more retail giants offer affordable LED lighting options. For years, compact fluorescents (CFLs) were the only real energy saving alternative to replace standard incandescent lamps, but their harsh quality of light and oftentimes shorter than advertised lifetime, their mercury content, long warm-up period and dimming issues kept consumers generally dissatisfied with them. The only real thing holding LEDs back from mass consumption has been their initial cost. With their costs decreasing so drastically, and with incandescent replacements having been phased out, it looks likely that our predicted adoption of LED lamps from our global lamps report will stay true.