09.28.06 morning update
I'm going to need to do a bit more research into the CFLs before comitting. LIke all fluorescent lamps, CFLs require a high frequency, alternating current to operate. This current is produced by a ballast. There are two types of ballasts available...magnetic and electronic.
I was planning to use a 12VDC to 120VAC inverter to provide power to the ballasts for the lamps, but this struck me as a bit inefficient. So, I searched for 12VDC input ballasts. While 12VDC ballasts can be purchased, they are all electronic ballasts, and the PL bipin base type CFL lamps that I had planned to use require a magnetic ballast. I also discovered that cheaper ballasts can produce radio interference, which is definitely something I want to stay far away from.
I contacted www.solarseller.com, who told me:
I don't know enough about flourescents currently to know if removing the starter is a feasible option, so more research (again) is in order.Quote:
As a rule, bipin PL tubes are made for use with magnetic ballasts. All of the ballasts we handle are electronic. To use one of these tubes with our ballasts you would first have to come up with a socket ( www.lightbulbs.com or www.bulbman.com ) and then remove the starter from the plastic base on the tube. The starter is either a diode/resistor or a neon light/resistor and is in parallel to the two pins. The IOTA and LIT inverter/ballasts are designed to operate a single tube.