Betty, I think that CFLs used to be low light only, but the 100 watt
equivalents (26 actual) made by GE (in China, of course) seem quite
bright as a 100 watt incandescent and don't roast me. Also, because
they are cool it appears that I no longer have to worry about the
warning on my lamps not to exceed 60 watt. Maybe it's me but it does
seem that the light from daylight bulbs means that everything is a
whole lot clearer on my bench. Because it is my workshop I don't care
about the strange shape of the helical bulbs. In the rest of the
house I have the new pretend incandescent bulbs, really just coils
within a globe.
The soft white CFLs do seem to take up to a minute to achieve full
brightness. I do not notice this with the daylight CFLs as much. I'm
not really sure I care that it takes a few seconds. CFLs don't really
have to be turned off with the dedication one might turn off
Wal-Mart appears to have the best deals on CFLs. Their CEO of
Sustainability (!) has targeted this as one of the major green
directions for the company. I found that they don't always have the
best selection, but this seems to be because they keep selling out.
But Home Depot and Lowe's also carry them, tho not as cheap.
Out of the 40 bulbs we've bought, two were defective (and
returnable). That's not bad.
Australia, and, I think, California, are going to make incandescents
illegal for most consumer and business uses. Even a pale green US
Administration will probably follow suit. It's just too easy a fix.