Compact fluorescents (CFL’s) are supposed to save a lot of energy and last longer. They do cost more than incandescent bulbs, so they should last longer. Personally I don’t find they last as long as regular bulbs in many cases. I recently read an article that suggested they last longer if you wait 15 minutes before turning them back on again. That doesn’t work so well in a bathroom or any room that gets used frequently. I often forget something and go right back and turn the light on again. I try really hard to turn off lights when I leave a room, and maybe mine aren’t lasting so long because I’m constantly turning them off and on! Some brands are slow to brighten up enough to see. Sometimes when I’m looking for something, I might be better off using a flashlight because of the time it takes to be bright enough to see. I could also be getting brands that aren’t as reliable, or simply a bad batch. I have some that last and last, and others that fail too soon.