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Fluoro ground plane

>   First, I am building a custom hood. While I don't yet own the
>ballast for the fluorescent bulbs, I have noticed on several ballasts
>a warning to the effect that the bulbs should be mounted within some
>distance of a grounded reflector. This is a problem, since I don't
>intend to use a metal reflector at all (the hood is wooden, and (if I
>can find some) I will use mylar for a reflector, otherwise just white
>paint). So, the questions: is this true of all ballasts? What happens
>if I don't provide a grounded reflector? And should I worry about
>grounding various metal bits (like screws) that are in close proximity
>to the bulbs?

Can't you scerew a piece of sheet metal onto the underside of the hood
and connect that to ground ?

Disclaimer: I r not un enjieer

Richard J. Sexton                                         richard at aquaria_net
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