Why do smart switches have 2 different wattages based on LED and Incandescent bulbs?
I have found information regarding Dimmable light switches which makes sense because of the dimmer control can cause harmonics and distortion that occur in the LED driver that powers the LED lights when over 150 watts are passed through the switch. However I can't find anything on a smart switch which is not dimmable and just on / off no dimmer control electronics.
I want to change the switch to my basement lights to a smart switch (on / off, NO DIMMER) it states 15amps, 150 watts max LED and 600 watts max incandescent. I have (5) 4 foot T8 shop lights (no ballasts) each have 2 LED bulbs @ 18 watt per bulb (total 180 Watts for all shop lights) and (3) 14 watt regular screw in LED light bulbs (Total 42 watts).
Total watts for entire basement lighting is 222 watts. I was looking at total watts not for illumination purposes but to make sure I did not put too much current through the switch and burn it up.
A 15amp switch at 120 volts is 1800 watts - why would I be limited to such a low LED max watts?? and what would happen if I used the smart switch anyway.