With only a year to go before incandescent light bulbs are phased out of the U.S. market, I've decided on a course of action.

I'm stocking up.

Yes, I've tried those compact fluorescent bulbs.  I've gotten different brands.  I've used them in different types of fixtures.  And I'm never satisfied.  The light's not bright enough--so I have to light two or three lamps to do the job that one did before.

Compact fluorescents cost more, but they supposedly last longer.  I say "supposedly" because I still have to get up and stand on a chair a few times a year to change that hallway light bulb regardless of what kind I use.  So if I can get incandescents for a quarter each, why would I pay several dollars for a fluorescent bulb that only lasts three weeks longer?

I'll keep trying, but I'm not ready to give up my good old incandescent bulbs.  I'll buy as many as my garage can hold--by the time my stockpile runs out, maybe they'll have improved the fluorescent technology.  Or I'll be too old to care.

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