Swedish home furnishings purveyor Ikea will stop selling traditional light bulbs at its North American stores next month, when it plans to switch to longer-lasting and energy-efficient ones instead.
The company said Tuesday that it hopes to have all incandescent bulbs out of its U.S. and Canadian stores by Jan. 1, in favor of other longer-lasting bulbs.
That’s ahead of federal legislation that calls for a phaseout beginning in 2012.
“As we sell out the incandescents that we have in stock, we will restock with low energy,” said Mona Astra Liss, a spokeswoman for Ikea.
Ikea said customers will have more efficient options including compact fluorescent bulbs, LED and halogen lamps. Liss declined to say what percentage of the company’s lighting stock was now made up of low-energy bulbs.