|MadSci Network: Engineering|
The answer is no. See: http://www.csw.com/apogee/litehtml/blthmh.htm for an explanation of Metal Halide lamp principles. In fact, this CSW site does a good job explaining all kinds of lighting. A halogen lamp is at heart an incandescent lamp, requiring nothing more than a voltage source. A metal halide lamp is an arc lamp (like your household fluorescent), requiring in addition a ballast to initiate and control the arc. Glad you asked the question. Larry Skarin
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