You could send brief pulses of current to the primary winding by briefly touching its leads to a car battery, or other current source, whatever is handy. I don't know if that counts as "without a driver" or not.
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you could use an electronic ballast or fluorescent circuit (both from lighting). They are both drivers tho, saves time & $$$$ plus the components are less likely to die constantly.
Not really. How would you do it ?