electronic ballasts

Barry Meyers-Rice (barry@as.arizona.edu)
Wed, 1 Jun 94 21:50:56 MST

I'm in the process of modifying my terraria. The main source of heat from
fluorescent fixtures is the heavy ballast. A few years ago I read an article
in Scientific American discussing new, high efficiency ballasts that produce
a fraction of the waste (thermal energy) that conventional ballasts produce.
At my local Home Depot (a mega-hardware store) there were ballasts that were
advertised as being energy misers, but still looked like conventional ballasts.
Certainly didn't look like an ``electronic ballast'' which I read about.
Anyone out there with words of wisdom re: the new ballasts, where they can
be bought, and how expensive they are...