Lately, I’ve seen some buzz building about the government ‘forcing’ American citizens to convert to CFL bulbs by phasing out the sale of traditional (incandescent) bulbs over the next few years.
Many of the opponents feel that this is some sort of violation of rights, taking away choice or forcing a lesser product down their throats.
I guess I see it as that the positives outweigh the negatives. Yes, there are drawbacks to CFLs (see below), but in terms of what we gain, I think converting to CFL bulb (or LED bulbs, which I haven’t tried yet) is a net positive.
As we build more homes, as they get bigger, the energy demands continue to grow. If we can save the need for additional power capacity or further dependency on oil, which is outside of our control in terms of both pricing and availability, I think it’s worth the sacrifice.