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Fire hazard DIY hood

Do you guys think my hood that i have made is susceptible to fire? if so please any suggestions on how i can fix it, the only area of exposed wiring is the copper that goes into the starters (and its very minimal) everything else is covered by wire nuts or the ice caps.
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Electrical tape helps

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yeh i was thinking about that, since i dont have a glass cover over the aquarium so this hood is exposed to the elements of the aquarium, however the exposed area is so small E tape might not be an option and it might press the copper against the painted lid which might be a fire hazard in itself?
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Use liquid electrical tape.
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I would definately throw some electrical tape on there. Cheap and effective.

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silicone around the bare wire

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silicone around the bare wire
There is a reason someone invented liquid electrical tape. Silicone will melt and burn if the wire overloads...

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i think im either gonna get some new good sticky e tape seeing as how mine is like 10 years old or some of that liquid stuff thanks guys
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There is a reason someone invented liquid electrical tape. Silicone will melt and burn if the wire overloads...
You can buy silicone filled wire nuts for joining wire in wet locations. I also use silicone based caps for covering electrical connections that are rated for 15,000 volts. My suggestion was for waterproofing as well as some electrical protection. If the bare portion of the wire is completely sealed, than moisture can't get in & cause a short.

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Silicone will melt and burn if the wire overloads...

If the circuit overloads, I think pretty much anything inline has the potential to melt. I have seen wire sheathing melt, and in that case it doesn't really matter if you have silicone, or liquid electrical tape, or what.

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How about picking up a piece of glass from hardware store? Sometimes they have seconds or a piece they are tossing. Even 2 pieces to make one big enough to cover the top. Cuts down on water getting to lights.
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