The New York Times runs a symposium on the question: "Why are some Americans upset with attempts to encourage more energy efficiency in their homes?"
For starters, the federal government is not merely encouraging us to make our homes more energy efficient; they are forcing us to use a particular type of light bulb, among other things.
We migth add that the trade-off is not merely between the quality of the light and using less energy. There is also a trade-off between energy efficiency and safety. The new eco-friendly bulbs contain mercury, and are, therefore, hazardous when broken.