And couldn't be happier.
I was always a 9's guy for years (in standard to half a step down, that is), then late last year I switched to 10's (can't remember the reason, just curiosity maybe) and it felt/sounded great so I stuck with it.
Then out of curiosity again, I restrung my Charvel with a pack of 9's I had lying around, and holy shit my playing just sky-rocketed into another realm! It felt right again, and my playing nuances and personality came across so much more.
I've ended up with a hybrid set of 9-46 as it was actually a little too loose on the bass side of things (I pick hard, and like to feel a more rigid response when doing things like fast gallops) and it feels awesome. It may seem a little light for some for Eb/drop Db but for me it feels like I've got that feeling back where you just can't put your guitar down. Haven't felt like that for the longest time.
EDIT: Wait... should that say I've gone 'down' a gauge?
Yeah, gone down
This is exactly why I use light strings. Not to mention they sound better. I've went up a gauge at the minute for the exact reason you said. Hone my playing in with heavier strings.