Major bump on this one. I just had a CFL die on me last night, plus I finally pried open one I had for over a year now!
Questions: what's the best way to safely discharge the caps? Any old resistor or something like a 1k?
Also, the little toroid, is that actually an inductor or should it just be used as a ferrite bead in some noise cancelling project?
Any cool uses for the transformer?
And most importantly, any cool enclosures you guys have made for these projects?