1) How does a CFL, which is solely manufactured in China and sold in a plastic blisterpack, come out more "environmentally friendly" than an Edison incandescent that was manufactured in Ohio and sold in a recycled cardboard box?
2) How does a CFL, which contains mercury (a product known to cause brain damage in laboratory animals) become more environmentally friendly than an Edison bulb made of metal and glass?
3) How does a CFL bulb that I have to return to an authorised recovery centre become more environmentally friendly than a bulb I can throw in the household garbage? Of 30+ stores in my neighbourhood that sell these bulbs, only two take them back.
4) What is the waste of an incandescent bulb? They are hot. But I pay to heat my house nine months a year anyway... The 49 watts of heat I get off my 60-watt bulb will have to be replaced with 49 watts of heat from my 70-year-old Gurney oil furnace or my wood-burning stove. Hydro-electric versus Norco oil, versus cutting down a tree....
5) CFL lights strobe at 60hz, which can cause epileptic seizures and migraine headaches.
6) When we bought the house, we changed about half the bulbs to CFL - 14 of 35 bulbs. In the four years since, I have burned out five of them. The only incandescent I have burned out is the one I hit with a ladder. That's a 35% failure rate for CFL, and 5% for incandescent. WAIT! 35% in four years, versus 5% for over five years... THE CFL DOES NOT LAST LONGER!!
All these things considered, when the Edison bulb is going off the market, I am going to stock up on about 80 of them, in all sizes, so I am not bound to the stupidity of the Compact Fluorescent Bulb.