Despite a decade of campaigns by the government and utilities to persuade people to switch to energy-saving compact fluorescents, incandescent bulbs still occupy an estimated 90 percent of household sockets in the United States. Aside from the aesthetic and practical objections to fluorescents, old-style incandescents have the advantage of being remarkably cheap. - nytimes
I have been stocking up incandescent bulbs for when we move into the dreaded light of CFL's, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and don't turn back. Luckily the incandescent industry has responded to the legislation that will make the beloved cheap lightbulb a thing of the past. The bulb won't be as cheap but it will address all the other reasons why CFL's haven't taken hold.
I hate the light from CFL's. The wavelength of the light gives me headaches. The light doesn't have the warmth of home that we all have grown to love. The mercury too is an issue... with the many bulbs that the US consumes the waste does become an issue especially in landfills.
Let's face it. We need a better build than the CFL. The CFL is good for stairwells and fire exits but it just isn't a home use bulb. LED's are a better value for anything that has to burn 24/7. It's amazing how an industry can respond to the forces of legislation to investigate and innovate rather than give up and retool to make something like the CFL. Seems we already have something better.
Now to make it more affordable for everyone.