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Re:grounded reflectors

Hi Kevin

    The grounded metal reflector is required in order for the bulbs to
operated properly. I believe you can get the same effect by simply running a
grounded wire perpendicularily behind the bulbs in your painted reflector. 

Hope this helps,

Ron Barter
Perth, Ontario, Canada


Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 10:44:10 -0700 (MST)
From: Kevin Vigor <kvigor at eng_ascend.com>
Subject: (possible resend) tank setup questions 

  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?