When I first blogged about the amazing energy savings -- and competitive pricing -- of new compact fluorescent light bulbs, I wrote about 2 common versions of the twist type bulb -- 60 and 100 watt incandescent replacements. Easily found at Costco or Walmart on the cheap.
I've basically replaced every standard bulb in my house with a fluorescent one -- except for the more "specialty" bulbs, like chandelier bulbs, globe bulbs (for bathroom vanities), reflector and spot bulbs, outdoor bulbs, dimmer bulbs, 3-way bulbs, bug bulbs, grow bulbs, blue light bulbs, red light bulbs, and very very bright bulbs. In fact, any light bulb you can think of has a fluorescent replacement.
In other words, we're still talking a heck of a lot of incandescent light bulbs still burning in my house.
Why aren't they more readily available, and at more reasonable pricing? If you surf around, you can see little chandelier bulbs priced at $9 at piece -- and globes even higher -- and that's not including shipping charges! I'm sorry, but $15+/ bulb just ain't gonna cut it for me -- Not when we're talking dozens and dozens of bulbs.
Someone needs to convince a forward thinking company -- like the venerable U.S bulb company Feit Electric -- to bring prices down to competitive levels to goose their wholesale adoption.
And I smell opportunity for folks who can figure out a way to make them easily available at a reasonable price.