Let's forget for the moment about the fact that California has a reputation for green tech. (If you've been to Yosemite, the Avenue of the Giants, Muir Woods, or other natural wonders in Northern California, you'd understand.) Or the fact that the spiraled compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) consume "one-fourth the energy and produce 90% less heat."
Wouldn't it be great not to have to change the burnt-out light bulb above the stairwell or in that hard-to-reach (and harder-to-light) part of your home for four-and-a-half years instead of every six months? CFLs are only a few dollars and you can get them for as little as $1.75. Some electric companies actually subsidize them too. (PG&E has even given some away here in Silicon Valley.)
CFLs are considered so important that some unnamed legislators in California are considering banning traditional light bulbs. Why let it get to that point? Traditional lights have their uses and you can tell the government that it has better things to do by replacing a few more of your regular bulbs yourself, saving money and trouble in the process.