I purchased a home that has recessed lighting throughout. They are the LED lights that clip into a standard light bulb screw-in socket. They all point straight down and I wanted to purchase some that gimbal to highlight some artwork.

All of the existing lights are 10w 120v/60hz.

I purchased a 15w gimballed light and tested it in a bedroom and it worked fine.

However, when I installed it in the main room where the artwork is, it would not turn on. I tested two different fixtures with the same result. I then tested the new light in the kitchen and it worked fine in there.

The main room has a total of 12 lights where the other rooms I tested only have 4. This is the only difference that I could think of between the two rooms.

I ordered a 10w gimbaled light to test but it just seems strange to me that this is the problem.

Anything else I haven't though of?

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    Tell us about the dimmer. .. Dec 28, 2019 at 4:37
  • Exactly my thoughts. There's probably a dimmer that won't do LED, or it does do LED but is incompatible with these lights
    – Machavity
    Dec 28, 2019 at 4:41
  • No dimmer - just one switch. All of the lights (old and new) are dimmer compatible though
    – Brodie
    Dec 28, 2019 at 4:44
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    Edit: I lied - I found a second switch and it did have a dimmer (dimmed all the way down). New light turns on now - I wonder why all the existing lights aren't impacted...
    – Brodie
    Dec 28, 2019 at 4:50
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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Would you add this as an answer to your question, so that someone else with the same problem may find it? And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to participate here. Dec 28, 2019 at 14:59

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As the comments above indicated, the problem was a dimmer switch that I didn't know existed.

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    Thanks for posting this. Would you accept it as the correct answer? And, bonus points if you can add a bit more detail. Dec 29, 2019 at 15:09

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