My mom mentioned that she recently tried a CFL bulb and was disappointed by the lack of brightness. We've noticed the same thing, so I went to GE's site , which is very informative, with a long list of answers to frequently asked questions.
According to GE, "Because the wattage of a CFL bulb is much lower than that of an incandescent, you can use higher wattage CFL giving you the equivalent light of a higher wattage incandescent. For example: If your fixture says not to exceed 60 watts, you can use a 15 watt CFL to get the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb or use up to a 42 watt CFL and increase the amount of light."
There's a chart on the website that indicates standard bulb and CFL equivalents. I'll have to check the wattage on the bulbs we're using to determine if we should be using different ones. (Hope this helps, Mom!)
Anyone else tried CFL bulbs--what do you think?