That the incandescent light bulb, you know, the one that Thomas Alva Edison perfected - is being regulated out of existence here in America? (and other countries too!) But here in the USA, they didn't "ban" them outright, but they increased efficiency standards to the point where only compact fluorescents can meet the new standards. It was part of the Democrat led initiative called the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Decorative bulbs like flame shaped bulbs, and "Hollywood" style globes are exempt, but the common 4 for a buck variety will be phased out. The 100 watt bulbs go dim at 2012, and by 2014, 40 watt bulbs go away. Australia has announced an outright ban by 2010. Just wanted to let you folks know, just in case you wanted to buy a few cases of light bulbs before they are illegal. Personally, I use those "compact fluorescent" bulbs in many fixtures in my house. Sure, the light quality sucks, and they take a few minutes to reach full brightness - BUT they do conserve energy. I don't shive a git about carbon emissions, but conserving energy is one of my personal goals. When I am entertaining, I actually put the incandescents back in the fixtures so that the lighting is more pleasing to the eye. This choice is being taken away from us whether you live in the US, Australia or elsewhere. What do you think?