The concensus seems to be that incandescent bulbs provide better light than compact fluorescent. You have all made it quite clear. The common question that comes up is "Which compact fluorescent can best create the light produced by a regular incandescent?" To answer this question objectively, Popular Mechanics put seven widely available compact fluorescents to the test against a standard incandescent bulb. What was the verdict? Turns out that all seven compact fluorescents tested produced better light than the standard incandescent. The most highly rated bulb was the N:Vision soft white at just under $6. Click here for the detailed evaluation.