There are all kinds of trade offs.
For us florescent fixtures are a problem because the ballasts in the inexpensive ones only work down to around 32 degrees. If it gets colder than that, the lights only get to a dim glow. I bought more expensive 4' fixtures with a different ballast and that seemed to do the trick. They take different bulbs and those are more expensive than the standard 4' bulbs.
Inside our barn (32x47), I use 300w quartz fixtures. They may be a little more expensive to run but I like the light better and the replacement bulbs are reasonable.
Outside our barn, I've mounted high pressure sodium fixtures for security. They take a while to cycle up but are a lot more inexpensive to run. Unfortunately, the ballasts in those didn't like our string of 100 degree days this summer and I ended up replacing those fixtures. Replacing the ballasts was not cost effective. I don't know that I would like them for inside.
2000 Georgie Boy Landau 36' DP
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