Forgive the simplicity of the question, since I'm not a professional, just a tinker with a soldering iron.
Just dancing with the idea in my head, I believe that if I rectify a current that's been phase cut (ie through a dimmer), it will just produce added noise in the output. Is my analysis correct? How would adding a capacitor to filter the output of the rectifier be affected by the modulated current?
For anyone curious, I bought several 50 watt LEDs on ebay along with a rectifier for an LED light rope. The plan is to link the LEDs in series on 120v instead of spending $50 on a 32v power supply. This is totally just for the fun of playing with it. Adding a dimmer was a thought experiment because I like thinking about things. I understand that hooking this fire hazard up to a dimmer probably won't work, but I'm interested in why it won't work. I suspect it's because the capacitor in the rectifier will fail to filter the modulated output once the current being drawn drops below a particular threshold. I'm unclear on exactly why that is or how it would affect the output from the filter.
A circuit diagram drawn by someone who doesn't know how to draw circuit diagrams, by request. See comments.