It seems like some people will buy anything that carries the word hybrid, but this latest hybrid from GE is something you'll find in the lighting aisle at the hardward store, not your local car dealership.
To get around the slow start up times of compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, GE has added a tiny halogen element that delivers instant brightness. The halogen part stays lit only until the CFL reaches full strength, after which the bulb works just like a regular CFL. Sure it can take a CFL up to a minute to get really bright, but are we really in such a rush that we need instant-on capabilities of a energy sucking halogen bulb to fill in for those few seconds?
According to GE, the hybrid bulb was developed in response to customer's concerns, but I suspect that most people who complain about the speed of CFLs are just looking for a handy excuse not to use them. To be honest, this looks more like a solution in search of a problem.
15 and 20-watt versions of the GE hybrid bulb will be available early next year. Pricing was not announced, but you can bet that they're not going to be cheap.