another brief update (i hate research papers). I've read that there exists an aluminum tape that is perfect for enhancing the reflectivity of your lighting. I am currently using aluminum foil, but the crinkling you get whilst trying to install the foil causes massive light dispersion. flat pieces of aluminum tape would help resolve this issue (a parabolic reflector would be best).
krith: that is awesome stuff. i have an identical (or near identical hood) and im using two 15 watt spiral CFL bulbs right now. so i don't know jack about electricity, but i'd imagine its not wise to use the 2 ballasts from these 15 watt spiral bulbs on new 18 watt bulbs? what kind of tools would i need to accomplish what you did? a friend of mine has a soldering kit and i believe i have spare molex connectors around. i have more questions about how you did that, but i'm out of time. mor elater.
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