Hello:

I've done roughly that...downloaded a few paper spectral response curves then compared various lamp curves...I was eager to try pulsed xenon, but unless I find surplus equipment that's beyond my technical ability and sanity...the electric bill and fire hazard are enough to scare me off.

I know electronic fluorescent ballasts well enough; I designed some for two years. The standard fluorescent lamp fare, however, seem to have poorly compatible spectra, at least the main components are way off the paper wavelengths.

The few graded papers I could find data for peaked at 425-450 nm or so. Black light blue lamps are centered around 350 nm with some content in the 400-450 range but most of the energy would be wasted. These lamps are cheaper than the Actinics, however.

I've got some more ideas to mull over...

Murray