The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed into law by Pres. Bush, set efficiency standards for lighting. Yes, this is the “incandescent ban” you may have heard about. It doesn’t actually do that, it just sets efficiency standards that incandescent bulbs don’t meet.
If you simply can’t stand CFLs, and can’t afford LEDs, there is a 3rd way. Halogen bulbs (pictured above) are about 25-30% more efficient than their standard incandescent counterparts. The ones in the picture are from IKEA, and are $2 each. GE makes some too [amzn] currently about $2.50 each. Fully dimmable, normal light spectrum, etc. I didn’t actually know such things existed, until I heard that IKEA would stop selling incandescents and took a look at their site.
Some are just terribly upset about this requirement for a meager improvement in efficiency. About 1 in 3 disapprove. Chief among them, it seems, is one Fred Upton, new chair of the House Energy Committee. He’s so upset that he is planning to undo it. Who the heck co-sponsored that bill anyway? None other than Fred Upton. Talk about government inefficiency and waste! Way to go, Fred.
Edit: I should be clear; I don’t hate CFLs. I use them in every fixture in my house that accepts them, other than some par20 gimbals that now have LED bulbs. I find their light quality to be lacking in some instances, but overall it’s not too bad and a small price to pay for the massive efficiency gain. I posted this in a feeble effort to dissuade those who, based on their dislike of CFLs, want to roll back the provisions of the above bill and keep burning heat-bulbs. Just wanted to point out that there are alternatives.