I’ve never jumped on the “Wal-Mart is Evil!” bandwagon. I agree that Wal-Mart pursues some disappointing business practices, but they are hardly the first, or only, large company to do so. They get more crap because they are so close to the consumer.
But! Wal-Mart is pushing an eco-friendly way to light our communities! They want to sell 100 million compact fluorescent lightbulbs by mid 2007. I applaud this move. Even if their motives are horribly self-serving by trying to ride the green wave, it will still save millions of kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse emissions during production. Go Wal-Mart!
If you don’t have any of these in the house, I strongly recommend that you put some in. They don’t do well in bedrooms or bathrooms or places where you need instant light—they take a minute or two to warm up to full potency. But for garages, and basements, and outdoor applications where they are on all the time, you can’t beat them.