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      'Lights Out' for Incandescent Bulb at IKEA Israel

      IKEA Israel is the first retailer in the country to discontinue its sales of the incandescent light bulb, in favor of "going green."
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 9/6/2011, 3:07 AM

      The incandescent light bulb is going the way of the rotary dial telephone.

      IKEA Israel has discontinued its sale of incandescent bulbs, the first retailer in the Jewish State to do so, according to a company spokeswoman who issued a statement. The company stopped selling the bulbs effective last Thursday, September 1.

      Instead, IKEA is restricting its lighting sales to items that are energy savers.

      Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb, according to the How Stuff Works website. They also run cooler, because the are illuminated by gases that are stimulated within a tube, rather than a glowing filament within the glass.

      Halogen bulbs consume 30 percent less energy, producing more lumens (lighting power) per watt than an incandescent bulb.

      Solar lamps are energy savers as well, consisting of a portable light fixture composed of an LED lamp, a photovoltaic solar panel and a rechargeable battery. The lamps recharge during the day and at dusk they turn on, usually automatically, although some include a manual switch. They remain illuminated overnight, depending on the amount of sunlight received during the day. Discharge time generally lasts eight to ten hours.

      Most solar lamps are used for lawn and garden decorations, as outdoor lamps and embedded along footpaths. Indoor solar lamps are used for general illumination, primarily in garages and in some industrial settings.