Some pretty good points all around I say.
I'd like to add my two cents worth.
Compared to incandescent bulbs,
flourescent lighting is a fantastic bargain.
Except that the frequency is unhealthy to be
exposed to if you are a human being.
Here are a few links on that.
I would like to introduce those of you that are not familiar
with LED lighting a chance to look at it.
it is not uncommon to get up to 180 Lumens per watt with LED
lights. This is double what you get from a flourescent light.
LED's can last ten years of continuous use use as well.
Here's only one of dozens of links to purchase LED lighting.
Another option is to use A high performance pigmant called,
"Luminova". This product mixed with paint can last overnight
providing a light source that can be charged by sunlight.
No batteries, no wires etc. I have both LED lighting and
Luminova pigment as a powdered sample and as well as a painted
sheet. I put the sheet on the back of my toilet tank and I do not
have to turn the bathroom light on at night period.
I painted the inside of the bathroom globe that covers the ceiling
light and removed my sheet. Even better. That a watt is a watt is a watt
in not true. Sure can tell you that 746 watts is equivelent to one horsepower,
but what we really need instead of a salesman telling you that his vacuum
draws 12 amps from the wall socket is how effiently it uses those watts.
The United States Navy painted the ceiling of a hallway onboard one ship
with Luminova pigment added to the paint and it was too much light. Now,
Only moldings are painted with the paint. The emergency signs onboard ships
are using this pigment now, as well, as buildings being built in New York after
"911" are using Luminova as evacuate strips and exit signs. No wires, batteries,
transformers to charge the batteries etc. Talk about reducing the use of natural
resources? Jessup is the leader in this area. Here's their link,
I'm just putting in my two cents worth. Of course, we all will do what we decide
is for us and our budget. Thanks for letting me share.