If after 4-5 months and your having that many problems with the marineland LED
or any LED
for that matter you SHOULD be able to get a replacement under warranty. I'm new to the fish hobby but LED
's have been around for awhile in the emergency services and it's VERY unusual for a LED
pod to go out an if it did it was replaced.
Just curious have you contacted marineland on that issue and the issue of the wire being hot and melting? The wire hot and melting to me means an electrical problem possible in the plug or receptacle itself. LED
's draw such little power, that's why most all emergency vehicles are now outfitted with them, so the vehicles can run longer and not lose battery life while operating at a scene.
Even the flashlights in police,fire and EMS have switched to LED
Point being,I would call them and explain. Check your amps coming out of the plug, maybe a faulty surge protector. No way a LED
light that draws about 7 watts should heat up to the point of melting a wire. Did it come in contact with water? I believe it's 1 watt per light being 75 lumens per each pod. I would really call, shouldn't happen. I'd say a bad light from factory. It happens. I've gotten bad bulbs on my fire apparatus and have had them replaced for free.
The plug getting hot to touch and melting is making me think that maybe there was a power surge in the area or the house current was pulling strong in that one outlet.
Just thoughts and that's the fire chief in me.
Glad your ok and nothing serious happened.