I have heard people are concerned about Mercury being used in CFL lights, it would be prudent for people to do a little research for themselves but from what I have read the Mercury content is smaller than what is used in Mercury based thermometers which to me means caution should be exercised in case of breakage. I also read that the trade off of the Mercury emitted by Coal burning plants used to power a comparable Incandescent Bulb versus a CFL makes the CFL a much better trade off in lowering the Mercury pollution released into the enviroment.
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A good suggestion Zach and lot's of good ideas in the thread. I adopted using the CFL's long ago and have gone further along that path in using LED's as well. Picking your spots to use each is a good idea as well. We have an entry way here that tends to need light more often at night than any other place in the house. It had a chandelier fixture in it that had 3 of the incandescent small base bulbs in it 40 watts each. I replaced those with the equivalent LED chandelier bulbs at 12 watts each for a saving of 84 watts on our highest use nighttime lighting area and actually have a better lit area to boot.
If you don't mind online shopping, the LED bulbs can be found comparatively cheaply as well and do have a long life comparable or better depending on the quality to incandescent and CFL's.
Another plus for the LED lights is that they are about the best to use with solar/wind power. Their low wattage draw allows your power storage to last much longer.