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



Join the conversation! 8 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers
Sotheby’s International Realty

Jodi Summers Bio

With $100,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi Summers understands the coastal commercial real estate market. A top producer with Sotheby’s International Realty, Jodi knows finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. She is accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California.

Jodi is born in Brooklyn, raised in and around Manhattan – the family business was marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a palm tree and a hibiscus bush in her yard.
She thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. One of her books, “Marking and Marketing Music,” is in second edition.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

Her team joined Sotheby’s International Realty for the company’s powerful brand and stellar reputation.
“We offer the broad market knowledge needed to assist clients in formulating a sound acquisition strategy,” Jodi amplifies. “Together, we evaluate various markets, property types and neighborhoods to devise a customized approach that meets each client’s specific objectives.”

Jodi is a member of the Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Ocean Park Association, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club of L.A., and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Members of her team are fluent in Spanish and Italian.

“Our reputation assures your satisfaction.”


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