Barrina LED Grow Light 6 Packs – Best Price Ever
Note – Since I first brought this item to the audience in 2019 I have sold thousands of sets of these grow lights in both lengths. Feedback has always been 100% positive. Today they are on sale and marked down lower then any price I have seen on them. 4 footers are 23% off and 2 footers are 21% off.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Given the supply shortages that keep pulsing though our system, especially on imported goods you may want to get these now. I am not advocating “buy anything you can get your hands on” like some. I am saying though if you can get a deal right now on something you plan to use in the next 3-12 months, you really may want to take it while it is here.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Barrina LED Grow Light 6 Packs. I have been recommending the Kingbo Grow Lights for a few years now. I recommended them for starting seeds not growing out plants. They are great for that, thousands of them have been purchased for that purpose, I have not had any complaints.
They do have their limits though. Chiefly they need to be VERY close to the plants, if you do that they can even do a decent job growing plants to a decent size. Again though they are limited, as I have always said. I have been looking for a new light to start recommending for the same purpose (seed starting) yet with more power so you can fully grow with them as well.
It simply stands to reason that after five years time now tech should have gotten better and we should be able to get something better for about the same price. It looks like we can get something a LOT better for a LOT less which is frankly awesome. I have been trialing these new lights for a few weeks now and I am blown away. The bang for the buck is amazing. I used them to build an indoor seed starting system based on Kratky Style Hydroponics (as seen in the videos below) For that I used 2 six packs of the 2 foot lights. These lights come in two options for length, they are…
Compare that to the old Kingbo’s which are a single 45 watt light for 27.99 or (62 cents a watt), but it gets better. First the Kingbo’s are square, at about 1 foot square it takes 2 to light a 2 foot shelf and 4 to light a four foot shelf. The Barina’s are shaped like a T8 fixture, so you can use two of them to light a shelf of the same length. Meaning the 6 pack of either would fully light three shelves of equivalent length. (At two per shelf, keep in mind I am using three to a shelf in my system.) Next up they Barnia’s daisy chain link so you can have all 6 of them running on one timed outlet with out a bazillion cords to manage. This is the timer I recommend for that.
While the Kingbo’s are a fine light for what they are I can’t recommend them as a new purchase any longer. I also do not believe Kingbo’s actually put out 45 watts of light. Even running three lights to a shelf the way I am, the Barina’s cost 30-40 dollars per two foot shelf, vs. 56 for the Kingbo lights. The growth I am getting with three to a shelf is amazing. Some of my starts are damn well big enough to just eat at this point.
I coupled them with this great little mini greenhouse indoor shelf system and whether you want to do hydro or conventional starting for 30 bucks it is hard to beat the price on it. But any shelf system will do. I have a large 4 foot shelf in my outbuilding and I am thinking about getting a set of 4 foot lights and setting it up as well. I will say if you get the mini green house and run 3 lights to a shelf like I am, you likely won’t want to close it up, it gets pretty warm in there running a total of 12 lights.
One hack on my system I want to do when the current run of starts is over is to get a big concrete mixing tray like this one here. The shelf in my system fits perfectly into one, that way any leaks or condensation drip is caught and stays off the rug.
Here is my view on what these lights represent. For the past 5 years LED lights have been getting better and better, especially high end commercial ones used for things like vertical farming. That market is now globally a multi billion dollar market. While these lights are not as good as those used in commercial operations, I feel like they are just about one tier below them, and likely as good as the best thing you could buy 2-3 years ago, for a fraction of the cost. My seed starting system could be improved or modified to be a food production system, tune in to today (10-29-20) and I will discuss some ideas about that in the TspAz segment at the end of the show.
Anyway if you have Kingbo’s don’t get rid of them, use them for what they are good for, but if you are looking to expand, grow indoors, start seeds, etc. I say give the Barrina Lights a chance, they will save a ton of money and my results so far are exceptional.
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P.S. – Some have asked about the white light versions. I have not used them but several members of the audience I trust have and noticed no real difference in growth. Barrina currently has them marked down quite a bit as well but they do cost a bit more per watt.
There is a good reason to consider them though. If you have nosy neighbors they tend to attract less attention when being run in the early morning or late evening. Again while I have not used them several members told me they ran them and the pink ones side by side with no real difference in growth. Due to the smaller quantity they will cost a small bit more per watt but they are in stock and on sale, find them here.
Here are the two playlists showing to of my set ups, check the growth in these systems…
Hi. it appears these lights are not available in the pink variety in Canada. do you have any experience with the yellow daylight ones?
I do not, I would think they would work well but can not say for sure. If I had to pick one I’d try the daylight ones.
I ordered the whites to test vs the pinks I installed a while ago, and can say they appear to be made by the same company. All the parts are 100% interchangeable. The whites are slightly brighter to the eye and to my phone’s light sensor. They are growing just as well as the pinks so far. It’s too early in my test to say which is better. I’ll probably end up mixing them 3×3 with the pinks. Amazon link below for reference only as they are currently out of stock.
NOTE: Be sure to get the 24W version of the whites or pinks! I see several 2ft options rated for 10W, that’s good for mood lighting, not growing plants. 🙂
Thanks for getting back to me. I have been growing under lights since one of your hydro shows in December last year and I am expanding.
The Barrina lights are no longer available on Amazon and not listed on the Barrina website. As a newbie to using growing lights, do you think any of these would would work? The 2 foot lights I find do not seem to have enough watts.
I am looking for grow lights as the Barrinas are no longer available. I found a 21 inch grow light on Menards website and wonder if you think it would work. It does not seem that the lights plug into each other like the Barrina but does seem easy to set up and use for a newbie. Menards also has a mini greenhouse that looks similar to the one you recommend. It is $30 but by the time you add in shipping, processing fee and sales tax it is about $50. Thank you for all the help and reassurance you are providing to folks. https://www.menards.com/main/lighting-ceiling-fans/indoor-lighting/under-cabinet-lighting/patriot-lighting-reg-led-white-plug-in-grow-light/sleu22gr/p-1527143386948.htm
Trish I was asked about these today, https://amzn.to/3aHNtcR they appear to be the same exact lights. I would not hesitate to order them.
Thank you! I saw those and wondered about the 4 ft size vs 2 ft size and hooking them up in the mini greenhouse. Would you just let the 4 ft stick out on either end and not use the plastic cover? I am following your setup as closely as I can as I have no experience. BTW, the 2 and 4 ft Barrinas are back in stock at Amazon. And when you do your “hysteria” voice on the podcast, it makes me laugh every time!
Thanks for the update Jack. I couldn’t find any of the 2 footers in stock when I order but the 4 footers seem to work nice. Seeds are slow to go.
They’re on a wood shelf surrounded by cardboard. Germination seems pretty slow. Would I be better using. Plastic to keep in humidity? Maybe a grow mat? Trying to keep the system budget friendly. Using kratky in pans under the lights
Thanks for what you do.
Using Kratky in pans. Trying to keep the system budget friendly.
IMO, If you can get them, you’re better off getting the 2′ lights, as they give you more flexibility in how you can use them. If you need the 4′ length, just stick two together.
In my vertical farm, if I’d ordered 2′ lights first, I would have mounted them front to back instead of left to right (with a 24″ deep shelf). This would allow me to rig them to be at different heights as needed (made a little rack I can raise and lower for each side (left & right) I can pull up and down with a string).
Also 2′ lights work better with my ‘budget’ mixing tray version of the VF (version 2). $5×2=$10 for 2’x4′ growing space instead of $100 for the deep water trays (that have been out of stock for a while).
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Good point Insidious!
I will add it also allows for a high light – moderate light split on a 4 foot shelf. Lettuce or micros do not requires as much light as say tomato you are starting to put out later. I actually did this with my top flood and drain shelf with 2 footers. I ran 4’s across the top (2) then added two 2s to one side.
Update on my previous post regarding the full spectrum white lights vs pink…
I returned/replaced the Monios labeled lights with Kihung labeled simply because Monios did not include the aluminum reflectors at that time (they do now). Again, the actual light fixtures are IDENTICAL, and parts are fully interoperable across Monios, Kihung, and Barrina.
I’ve run the Barrina pinks against the Kihung whites for a few months now, and see no difference in plant performance or flavor.
Note that Kihung sells in 8packs vs 6packs, so while the total price is higher, the price per light is usually lower than the other vendors.
Kihung 2ft 24W 8pack, 192W total $80
Kihung 4ft 42W 8pack, 336W total $130 (and offering a $10 coupon as I type)
IMO as long as you’re buying the 2ft/24W or 4ft/42W fixtures, you can’t go wrong with Monios, Kihung, or Barrina in pink or white. Just compare prices per light and buy whichever one has the best price at the moment.
Good stuff, and thanks for finding these Jack!
Okay gonna have to do some updating thanks as always for another great post.
Glad to help. With the branding stickers removed these different “brands” are indistinguishable from each other. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re all actually manufactured in the same factory.
FWIW one interesting benefit of the white lights, in case you live near Karens or in HOA hell… The pink/purple lights draw far less unwanted attention or curiosity.
Pink lights have drawn many a hopeful neighbor…
I have been growing greens in this system since May and works wonderfully. Still using aluminum roaster pans as my trays. I have upgraded shelf to the 5 rack steel on wheels(like Jack has) as quickly outgrew the 4 ft shelf since I do cut and come again. The only issue is that mosquitos breed in the water. Have just recently learned about Mosquito BT pellets and going to try them.
Funny thing… Best Buy sent me an ad for this:
Almost $600 for the setup… LOL
Barrina LED Grow Lights now available in the UK!!
8-pack US plug
6-pack no plug
Has anyone used these on a hydro system to grow plants out, not just start? I saw in the write up it mentions they are better to start but I’m looking to build a hydro set up in my basement for the long winters. If these are not your first choice so you have any other recommendations?
I’ve had two switches stop working in under a year of operating the four foot version. Running 12/12 hour cycle.
That I have had happen but did you do what I did and run more lights then you should in series on one switch?
I’ve been growing lettuce & greens with these in DWC non stop since Feb 2020. I’ve bought both 4ft and 2ft Since that time and some were white and most blurple but they both work great. I’ve not had a failure of one yet. Fun fact, connect a 4ft & 2ft and they fit perfectly on a 77” wide heavy duty shelf system from the box stores. We run 3 shelves with three rows of light per shelf and have produced $1000s in fresh lettuce, herbs, plant starts and Asian greens. Jack, you really are a jerk since now all I ever eat is fresh clean home grown produce!
Is it kratky or circulation?
Either way what is the tank the plants sit in?
We use 10 gallon tubs on a shelf with lids (totes) inside we run an air stone. Put lights on timer and watch it grow. I started experimenting in my garage right before C-19 and settled on the simplest method. My wife got really excited about it and then she completely took over and started teaching others. She’s developed school STEM curriculum, online course and even free YouTube lessons. It’s very simple and withstands power failures well. Check out her work at Hydro4Food.com.