I'm 'testing the water' if you will on driving a Panasonic TUV PL-S 5W UV lamp with a low-voltage (12 ~ 24 V) DC supply. The lamp is rated at 34 V, 0.18 A.
Since I have a DC source, magnetic ballasts are out. I have read some app notes from ST and Infineon on electronic ballast design, yet these sources are concerned with mains-connected fluorescent lamps (i.e. the artificial sun above your cubicle).
Since the lamp is only rated for 34 V I would use a different transformer (1:3 for 12 V, etc.). Other than that I feel a bit clueless. Am I heading in the right direction, or are there simpler slash better paths to take?
EDIT: a dimmable feature is not needed.