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Replacing 7 traditional flood lights with 7 LED (recessed) - all stop working ..

Replacing 7 traditional flood lights with 7 LED (recessed) - all stop working ..


Old 04-20-16, 10:44 AM
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Replacing 7 traditional flood lights with 7 LED (recessed) - all stop working ..

Hi - I want to upgrade my kitchen recessed lighting to LED lights to save money. there are 7 traditional flood lights installed today. I swapped the first 6 wit no issue, all worked well. As soon as I remove the 7th traditional flood light, all 6 of the already installed (and working fine) LED bulbs stop working. Even after I install the 7th LED bulb in, none will work. I replace the 7th bulb with back to the traditional flood light - all 7 work fine. WTH??? Why does the recessed lighting stop working when the 7th (last) LED bulb is installed?

These lights are on a dimmer.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-16, 12:40 PM
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Replace the dimmer with a regular switch and see if it works. Some dimmers don't like LEDs and some LEDs don't like dimmers.

I have two recessed fixtures and when I used a dimmable LED in one they both worked with the dimmer but when I replaced both incandescents with LEDs they would not go off, only dim to a certain level.
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Some dimmers require a minimum number of watts to work. The seven LEDs may be two little but using an incandescent in the seventh light increases the watts to where it works.
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I have done that before - left one incandescent lamp in the circuit to make an old dimmer work with LEDs. I have even made some non-dimmable LEDs work with the dimmer this way.

Other options include installing dimmable LEDs with a new dimmer that can take LEDs and CFLs.
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