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Oops -- accidentally cut HID bulb wire. OK to crimp?

I was cutting the rubber grommet the HID kit came with as I was installing my HID kit today (I was reusing the OEM factory rubber seal in the headlight) and accidentally cut right through one of the HID wiring on the bulb side that connects to the ballast.. See attached image that I circled and put a red arrow pointing to.

I stripped some wire from both ends, twisted them together and put an 18-22 closed end wire connector on it.

Is this safe?
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I was cutting the rubber grommet the HID kit came with as I was installing my HID kit today (I was reusing the OEM factory rubber seal in the headlight) and accidentally cut right through one of the HID wiring on the bulb side that connects to the ballast.. See attached image that I circled and put a red arrow pointing to.

I stripped some wire from both ends, twisted them together and put an 18-22 closed end wire connector on it.

Is this safe?
A crimp connector rated for the wire gauge is an appropriate method to join wires. Most connector manufacturers will specify not to twist the wire (beyond what exists in its manufactured state) to ensure the stranded wire bundle conforms to the interior of the crimped connector. That said, a small amount of additional twist is unlikely to greatly affect the current-carrying capability or security of the crimped connector.

If your crimped connection is subject to water, you should seal it to prevent water from wicking up the stranded wire and possibly causing corrosion. The easiest way to do this would be to use a butt-joint crimp connector and some heat shrink with an adhesive liner that covers the connection and bonds to the wire on each side of the butt joint.

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I don't do much, if any driving in the wet.

The wiring is behind the headlight access panel in the wheel arch. (Directly behind the low beam area). I'm not sure how wet it gets up there, but I'm planning on picking up some heat shrink tubing and/or waterproof connector

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