I don't stand by them, don't particularly like them, but until led improves & their costs come down, I'll use them. There's a big difference in the quality of light in the variety of compacts sold. The one labeled daylight completely sucks, way too harsh. The soft is too soft so I do the bright indoor white or whatever its called.
I've got two table lamps with them behind shades but those lamps are rarely used anyway. I've got them in all the ceiling lights but each room has an inverted faux-tiffany shade so that the stained glass (or one which is agate) is between the bulb and skin. Also I picked a sconce facing up so that the bulb is completely behind a very thick, colored glass. The ceilings are all white so all of the light in the room is not direct, but either reflected or filtered.
Some for instances:
Dining Room (Okay, this one was a mistake lol. I wanted a splash of color and it looked interesting online but when installed and lit it up I see now that it is horrible. But I'm keeping it as a joke. I tell guests it's an Early American Gaudy. From the Hideous Collection)
The compacts actually work much better than the old bulbs in these types of lamps because I'm able to increase the lighting, say, put in 100s instead of the called-for 60s, without increasing the heat which better lights up the stained glass and puts more light reflecting up over the lamp. Between the brighter lights and the reflective ceiling, the stained glass does not at all impede the effectiveness of the lamps.
Without the compacts, if I still wanted these lamps on the ceiling, I'd have to augment them with additional lighting.