I wouldn’t object “in principle” SO much to being forced to buy CFLs IF THEY BLOODY WORKED.
They don’t work, in the sense of truly lasting longer by 5, 8, 10 times as much as an incandescent. OK, a FEW do, but most don’t ... and I have to replace them with MORE bulbs that cost many times what an incandescent costs.
And then, of course, there’s the mercury poisoning. (One is supposed to do some sort of time-consuming special disposal for CFLs, but as another FReeper put it, the CFL Bulb Fairy takes away all of MY burned out CFLs, leaving nothing to dispose. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
For what it’s worth, I found some that DO work.
They actually FIT in the space a regular incandescent does (some CFLs I tried don’t).
They actually LAST longer than 10 minutes (I had some that didn’t).
They actually are BRIGHTER than a 60W incandescent (900 lumens vs. 770). I had some that gave that ghostly dim white light.
Don’t know how long they last - only been using them since December.
They cost 92c at WalMart. (vs. about 70c for a regular incandescent).
Called “Lights of America”. Made in China: yuck.
But they work.