I just purchased this UL listed light fixture:
I was surprised to see this label affixed that specified a MAX of a 60W incandescent or 9.5W LED bulb:
I am used to seeing a label that specifies the max wattage, but I have been under the impression that a fixture rated for a 60W incandescent bulb could accept up to 60W (actual, not equivalent) of any bulb type, including (hypothetically) a 60W LED. In other words, I thought the max wattage was a limitation on the fixture's ability to dissipate heat. This is the first time I've seen a label specify such a low wattage for an LED bulb.
Similar questions have been asked before, such as:
But the answers to these questions contradict the label in question here; the answers are in line with what I posted above (i.e. the max wattage is a limitation on heat output).
The only explanation I can come up with is that the label is not intended to save me from starting a fire, but rather trying to save me from killing LED bulbs in the flush-mount (enclosed) fixture where more than 9.5W of heat would reduce the life of the LED bulb.
I'd like to use a socket adapter and use TWO LED bulbs per socket at 9.5W each. This would double the max wattage stated on the sticker. I'm inclined to ignore the sticker, but thought I'd ask the experts here: is exceeding the max wattage on the sticker somehow dangerous, or is it just hard on the delicate LEDs?