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Compact fluorescents, or CFLs, stand the middle ground between incandescent and LED bulbs. They're not as expensive as LEDs, but they are much more efficient than incandescents, making them a popular choice. Although there are new color options, many people still find their white light too harsh. CFLs can fail if used for short bursts, in a bedside lamp for instance, so they're best for rooms where the lights will stay on a bit longer.
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