I'll write more on this soon.
While shopping I took the time to stop at a few stores en-route and examine compact flourescent light bulb (CF) offerings.
although it's easy to find 60-100 watt non-dimmable spirals and 65 watt feflectors for Can / ceiling insets - I recommend Costco for these - especially now with the commonwealth Edison sponsored discounts (35%).
I have finally! Finally! found affordably priced decor flame tip style bulbs that are dimmable!
I'll explain what I've learned in the next post.