The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He put all of these onto a single dimmer switch, which has now broken 2 of the non-dimmable LED fixtures. They will no longer light up at any current without blinking. I have since replaced them and the dimmer switch with a normal on/off switch.

I'd like to power the non-dimmable LED fixtures at full current, but run the LED baffles at a ~10% or so dimmed setting since they're next to a bedroom. I tried to find "lowest wattage equivalent" baffles for the 6" cans, but even the smallest I could find were still 13W and gave off 900 lumens.

I figure I could do this by cutting into the wall and installing an inline dimmer switch before the 2 dimmable LEDs, since they're at the end of the run. But, I was hoping for a less invasive way to do this and since these are outside that's not a great solution. Could I put some kind of inline resistor before the first LED to lower the current to the 2 LED fixtures or something else to permanently dim them?


  • Just a note, not all LED lights can be dimmed. Make sure they will support a dimmer before you go any further – Machavity May 20 at 19:59
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    i would simply get two smart bulbs that you can program to come on dim when given full power. – dandavis May 20 at 20:14
  • These LED baffles are all dimmable. We have them all over the house with Leviton Decora Smart WiFi dimmers. Getting a new system of smart lighting seems less positive. Ideally, there's a way to splice in a resistor to lower the current into the orange quick-connects of the LED baffle. Otherwise, I guess I'll put another dimmer inline. – pennstump May 20 at 23:12
  • Can you run additional wiring to the fixtures that need dimming? Are the drivers on those fixtures replaceable, or integrated? – ThreePhaseEel May 20 at 23:59
  • Good question. I would imagine that there's no conduit based on the box and the can. It's probably stapled romex to studs. And just to make things all the more interesting, it's in a wall between tile and stucco. – pennstump May 21 at 0:35

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