Incandescents, a thing of the past?
I'm in the process of building a new home and was urged by the lighting guy I'm using to resist the urge to put in CFLs exclusively, because they're simply not the best solution for all home lighting, especially where you really want the ability to dim the lights. I know there are CFLs that can be dimmed, but from what I'm told, the quality of light you get just isn't quite there yet. I'm therefore going with a mixture of fluorescent and incandescent, depending upon the application.
I'd like to get people's thoughts on whether the overall plan in the lighting world is to phase out incandescent lighting altogether, and if so within what kind of time frame. A few of the fixtures I'm considering were listed with the option of accommodating an incandescent bulb, or a range wattages of CFLs, MHs or HPSs. I guess I assumed all CFLs could work in all incandescent fixtures. If fixtures are now tailor-made to accommodate different wattages of non-incandescents, what kind of technology is being developed to allow people with standard incandescent fixtures to use the full range of non-incandescent bulbs on the market without having to chuck their incandescent fixtures altogether?
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this. Thanks.