Just as I am no Christian theologian, nor am I an electrical engineer. So this contentious Wiki argument over potential hidden costs of CFLs is largely lost on me.
All I know is that my crackpot artistic side was fascinated by Right on the Right’s post which blamed Glenn Reynolds for the actions of a shaky fan:

….instead of blaming myself for running the fan when it’s only 75 degrees in the house (the fan shook the light cover loose), I’m going to blame Glenn Reynolds for suggesting the bulbs and Al Gore (though I ignored Al and listened to Glenn). It’s all Glenn’s fault.

While I don’t think Glenn should be blamed for the actions of shaking fans, I’m feeling an obligation to chime in and share a few CFL light bulb replacement stories.
On my hall ceiling, there is an art deco fixture that I like. It’s way up there beyond my reach, which means that every time I have to change a light bulb, I have to use the ladder, which has to be hauled up a flight of stairs and then positioned under the fixture. Then I have to climb up and hold the new bulb with one hand, unscrew the old bulb with the other, then put the old bulb down on the top of the ladder so I can screw in the new bulb with my right hand lest I lose my balance and break the old light bulb or (worse) fall off the ladder. This chore was happening far too often, and I began to suspect that simply opening and closing doors was shaking loose the flimsy filaments of the cheap light bulbs I was using.
Anyway, I was delighted to replace the bulbs with the new CFLs — which look like this:


No muss, no mess. No more precarious ladder climbing, and no light bulb burnout syndrome. My only complaint about the new bulbs is that they’re so much brighter, which is fine on the ceiling, but less than esthetically pleasing at eye level. However, they do sell the low wattage variety, which are perfect for front porch lights, and have already lasted forever on mine (at least so far).
All in all I’m very happy with the CFLs, but until now I never bothered to count them, and now I realize I have ten. Esthetically, however, unless they’re going to be on the ceiling, I recommend using them on fixtures with shades, as the brighter ones can be glaring. The one in my piston lamp is simply too bright, and it looks like this:

If I had a colored shade it would be better, but as it is I don’t like looking at it. This one (in a swinging wall fixture with a colored shade) is much easier on the eyes.

The brighter one in my kitchen actually improved the overall appearance of the fixture. As you can see, it brought out its natural Sci Fi tendencies rather well:

Trust me, it’s more eye catching than it was. And I have an old 1970s shadeless Warhol “pop art” style fixture that’s been gathering dust in the basement, because it looks so tacky. As you can see, even Coco is not particularly impressed:

But with CFLs, I think it will look incredibly cool!
Enough about my light bulb issues, or I’ll have to I rename this post “Everything You Need To Know About My Light Bulbs.”
Now for the important part. I cannot blame or credit either Glenn Reynolds or Al Gore for my CFL experiences. The main reason is that I bought these bulbs before Glenn was promoting the idea, and even though I knew Al Gore was for them, this would have tended to disincline me towards buying them, as the natural contrarian in me doesn’t like being scolded into doing anything — not even things that might be good ideas. The non-scolding approach of people like Glenn Reynolds is (for me at least) far more effective than heavy-handed moralistic hyperbole.
And as to laws, if they passed a law mandating these things, I’d be inclined to unscrew the CFLs and change them back to incandescents, then write an angry post about the loss of freedom, complete with a snide suggestion about what the bureaucrats might do with their lightbulbs.
How many government bureaucrats does it take to make a libertarian change a lightbulb, anyway?
UPDATE (03/30/07): I don’t know why, but I thought this (from Ann Althouse’s post about making your home “relationship ready”) belonged here:

Get someone to make a video recording of you as you go through your house or apartment looking at all your things. You take the role someone who’s just met you and is trying to decide whether to reject you. Be honest. Be merciless!

(Via Glenn Reynolds who felt obliged to defend some poor slob’s barber chair.)
I’m sorry, but I’m afraid I don’t even qualify for “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” so an inside peek at my lightbulbs is the best I can offer.
As to the piston lamp, they can have it when they pry it from my cold, dead, crankshaft!
UPDATE: Commenter “Tum” has just pointed to an excellent post at The Futurist which discusses HSL revolution and links an incredible new technology called Hybrid Solar Lighting (HSL). It involves parabolic suncollector discs which track the sun, and send natural sunlight all through the house through fiberoptic cables, as well as store it.
Incredibly cool.
BTW, my CFLs cost 99 cents each.
UPDATE: My thanks Glenn Reynolds for the link! I’m especially honored that the blogosphere’s leading luminary has honored me by characterizing this post with what appears to be a new phrase — “LIGHTBULB-BLOGGING.”
A warm welcome to new readers, and I do appreciate the comments.