I’ll admit CFLs have some issues. I recently installed a bunch of can lights in a kitchen and expected to feel like I was on the surface of the Sun when I flipped the switch. Instead it felt like the dark side of the moon for a solid minute! The delay in the BR30 and BR40 CFLs REALLY is excessive. They’re almost unusable whereas most other CFLs aren't too bad IMO. Once the BR30/40s warmed up, they really lit the place up. I will also admit the switcher circuits that power the CFLs fail FAR sooner than advertised. What did we expect when we shipped US manufacturing to China? One of the night things I really like about the CFLs (and LEDs) is I can get lights more like daylight. I like the 4000K to 6000K temps myself, whereas the old incandescents were always more yellow than I like.
The solution to the CFL short comings (and the mercury) is LED. LED gives more lumens per watt than even CFLs and come on instantly at full brightness. The only real problems I’ve had with LEDs is they can be TOO bright and they are a little pricy due to all the IP patents.
I bought some 6 watt LED landscape spot lights last week. It just took ONE of them to light up the entire side of the house! Makes the place look like the White House at night.