Supposedly, the “great” thing about fluorescent lighting is their long life span and low energy usage. The Energy Star web site tells us that compact fluorescents use 2/3rds less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, and save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
Well, last up to 10 times longer is not the same as last 10 times longer. For one group of lights in my kitchen, the compact fluorescent was the first to go out. I guess that one won’t be saving me $30.