Ikea to ditch halogen and CFL light bulbsRetailer pushes LED light bulb range

11 October 2012

LED lights | LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs

Ikea will stop selling the most popular types of energy-efficient light bulbs by 2016, as part of a push to promote its LED light bulb range.

The Swedish retailer plans to only sell LED lights by 2016, ditching the popular halogen and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs in the process. The move comes just months after traditional incandescent bulbs were phased out of UK shops following a European Union directive.

LED light bulb prices

LEDs have traditionally been the most expensive type of energy-efficient light bulb on the market and have not been widely used for home lighting, but over the past year these bulbs have dropped in price. 

Which? is currently testing a large batch of new LED bulbs at our labs, with the results expected to be published in early 2013. Read reviews of our Best Buy light bulbs here.

Ikea currently has some of the cheapest LEDs on the market, with prices starting at £5 for a low-wattage bulb. But other manufacturers have also followed suit, with prices falling from about £20-£40 for a 60 watt bulb last year to about £15-£25 for the equivalent bulb this year. 

Energy saving light bulbs

LEDs emit 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last for 25-30 years, depending on use. The bulbs are a type of energy-saving light bulb, alongside halogens and CFLs.  

LEDs produce light through the movement of electrons, rather than by passing an electric current through a thin metal wire, as incandescent (traditional) light bulbs do.

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