Dear Naomi, A good write-up! I do not think that FREE distribution is a good idea. It may give rise to yet another kind of malpractice/corruption, namely, getting the bulb for free and then selling it for a profit. The government can sell the energy-efficient bulbs at a subsidized price (less than or equal to the price of a regular bulb). A person who needs an electric bulb and can afford buying a regular bulb will also buy the energy-efficient bulb at the subsidized price. I hope I am not way out of line here.