Light bulbs

My daughter recently got her first desk. We went shopping for a cute desk lamp to go with it so she would be able to have someplace to work on her homework. She picked out a swirly pink lamp. Of course, that means shopping for light bulbs. Light bulbs are so confusing nowadays. When I was a kid, we just picked up a pack of Sylvania light bulbs and all we had to do was make sure that they were the right wattage. Now you have to decide if you want fluorescent or incandescent or whatever. Can't we just grab some bulbs off the shelf and be good?