Why do compact fluorescent lights cost more than incandescent bulbs?
The price of a high-quality compact fluorescent light bulb reflects technology development costs. And, each compact fluorescent has a built-in micro-sized ballast, adding to the cost. As the number of bulbs sold increases, the overall price will continue to decline. CFLs offer great value. The extra initial price is quickly made up by energy savings. And, you would have to buy up to 10 incandescent light bulbs to last as long as one compact fluorescent.