I'll assume you didn't go to school for engineering. Luckily, I did. An inverter only convers DC into pulsating DC (an approximation of AC) at aproximately the same voltage and the same frequency. A ballast (as in these) produces pulsating DC at a VERY high frequency (about 20KHz) and at high voltage (depends on the tube length).
FYI: Xenon is a gas, not a technology. CCFL is a technology, not a gas. Xenon can be used in CCFL. So can mercury, sodium, argon, neon and more. The gas used in the bulb determines the color of the light produced. Neon is red, mecury is blue-ish, xenon is white and argon is green. The main difference in these things are the bulbs. Some require higher voltage than others and some require starters. That's about it.
There is almost NO difference in the technology that powers either a xenon bulb or a ccfl tube.
Perhaps you should have googled it first. :-D
Last edited by sstainba; 07-23-2007 at 10:15 PM.