At last count I have over 40 CFL's in/around my house and haven't had any "burn out" yet. I saved the old bulbs so I can take my CFL's with me if I ever move. I like them in the bathroom especially since when I flick them on in the middle of the night of morning they take ~30 seconds to reach full brightness, so it gives my eyes a better chance to adjust. All the shades in my house are frosted glass so I use the majority of the twisted type, but also have the covered ones (look like incandescents) in the bathrooms or wherever they are seen. I bet no one that has visited even know they are CFL's. Unfortunately the people who can least afford to burn incandescents are the same people who won't/can't spend the extra money for their initial purchase, even if they know the amount of money they could be saving.