CALIFORNIA + IKEA BAN 100 WATT BULBS –> Potential savings: $35.6 million in electricity and 10.5 million incandescent bulbs

July 24, 2011 on 12:03 am | In Fascinating Information, Federal Government, Green, Market Trends, Statistics, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

by Jodi Summers

In California, we have always been ahead of the curve when it comes being progressive. We are proud of the fact that we are way ahead of the pack when it comes to CalGreen and alternative power. Once again, we’ve gone one step beyond by rolling the ban on 100-watt incandescent light bulbs early…and the big box retailer IKEA is in tandem with state goals.

New light bulb options include LED – light-emitting diode bulbs and CFL – compact fluorescent bulbs (which are rumored to contain mercury).

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, calls for a ban on the traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb. The law goes into effect in all states starting in 2012.

By implementing the law one year earlier, the California Energy Commission concludes that consumers will save $35.6 million in electricity bills and 10.5 million incandescent bulbs will not be sold. We have yet to see the statistics on its impact on our carbon footprint…

IKEA has stopped selling and stocking incandescent bulbs, the first retailer to halt the sale of all such lights. This decision came from the results of an IKEA consumer survey conducted in December 2010, which found that 59% of Americans have already changed to energy-saving lights. 79% know that the bulbs will save money, although

61% are not aware of the legislation.

The phase-out of 100-watt bulbs does not currently affect lower wattage incandescent bulbs…but get ready…the CEC notes that over the next couple of years, similar efficiency standards will be applied to 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs.

The IKEA survey found that 62% are not concerned about the disposal of old bulbs… which can easily be recycled via mail or pickup through sites like




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  1. As a trendy European company that sells bookshelves and patterned couch cushions that are a staple of the trendy, young and cash-strapped, it’s not really a surprise that Ikea is going green. It’d be a mark of a more fundamental shift if one of the broader-market big box retailers with a huge supply chain like Wal-Mart or Target decided to stop carrying incandescents.

    Comment by Iris Kuo — July 24, 2011 #

  2. A survey of 1,011 people conducted by Harris Interactive, which found that 61 percent of people are not aware of the U.S. legislation, The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, phasing out the bulbs.

    That finding is similar to that by Osram Sylvania’s latest Socket Survey, in which only 36 percent of people were aware of the legislation.

    Under the legislation, 100-watt incandescent bulbs will be banned starting Jan. 1, 2012, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013, then 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.

    Comment by Green Biz — July 24, 2011 #

  3. I hate those lousy energy saving bulbs. Mr. Edison’s still lights better.

    Comment by Chandler — July 26, 2011 #

  4. Those energy saving fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and you can’t just toss them…

    Fluorescent Bulb Disposal and Recycling: Tips for You. Recycle to Reduce Mercury Waste.
    What you need to know about fluorescent bulb disposal.

    Comment by Morofya — July 26, 2011 #

  5. Oh darn. They save money and energy for the whole country but you have to recycle them. Oh pooh! And they don’t LOOK good either. Those “lousy energy saving bulbs”.

    Comment by Fresh — July 26, 2011 #

  6. It’s not “Oh Darn you have to recycle them…” People are not responsible enough to do the right thing in desposal of them. If we had 100% participation in recycling the fluorescent bulb thing would not be an issue. In ten or fifteen years we will probably see a rise in mercury poisoning.

    Comment by Morofya — July 26, 2011 #

  7. Solution: Take the old/ expired CFL bulbs to the nearest Sierra Club or similar ‘enviromentalist’ office and burst them there. WARNING: Do not occupy any area in/around your residence if one should break. The mercury contained in is under pressure and acute mercury poisoning can be quite devastating.

    Comment by Rush Man — July 29, 2011 #

  8. It started with such a simple concept: A solar light bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets.
    This solar light bulb could potentially make a huge impact on the 1.4 billion people around the world who don’t have access to an electrical grid.

    Comment by Steve Katsaros — August 14, 2011 #

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