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You might say 'support circuitry.' The issue is, of course, that different lighting technologies require such different kinds of support circuitry. Not all of it is for 'starting' or 'ignition.' As an example, home fluorescent tubes can operate on the same voltage as household line voltage, so no transformer is needed, but once they are lit, or 'started,' they offer very little electrical resistance in the circuit and therefore could easily 'run away' - that is, start passing more and more current and producing more and more light and heat and developing a lower and lower resistance, until either blowing the fuse or tripping the circuit breaker (or if not that, eventually shattering with a bang). So the original purpose of a 'ballast' - a single magnetic coil in a box - was not to light the lamp but to add what they call 'inductive reactance' to the circuit, in series with the lamp current, essentially to keep it lit at a reasonable wattage.ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
Maybe Edwin was born under a wanding star.ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
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