You did not mention what type of space you are considering to light with fluorescent lighting?Today's fluorescent lighting has made huge advancements in technology. You can buy fluorescent lamps in many shapes, wattages, and colors. Compact fluorescent lamps offer many different warm tones (27 kelvin, 35k, 41k) to try to capture the warm look you obtain when using incandescent lighting. Lighting manufactures supply many decorative styles as well as recessed cans in fluorescent light sources. they manufacture High power factor ballast, electronic ballast(for quicker start up and less flickering at start up) as well as dimmable. Dimmable products will require a properly matched dimming control. Fluorescent lamps will last much longer than incandescentlamps and require less energy. Initial investment of a fluorescent product would be more $ than an incandescent product due to the ballast required to light the lamps. It would be a good move if the lighting were going to be on for extended periods such as an office space. I would not suggest it if it were to be used in a room were the unit is turned on and off quite often as this will tend to burn out the electronic components in the ballast prematurely.