Barrina T5 LED Review: The Best Wrong Light I’ve Tested!

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I’ve never written a product review like this one.

I do a lot of research before clicking that ‘Buy Now’ button. I usually have a pretty good idea of what I’m getting.


I’ve been testing LED shop lights for my garage lighting upgrade project.

I thought I knew what I was getting with the Barrina T5 LED shop light (Model INWT504020650Ac).

I was wrong.

But…it actually worked out great in the end, though.

Barrina LED lights have fantastic reviews on Amazon, so I wanted to try them.

One of their biggest selling points is that they’re a low-wattage, low-cost, single-bulb LED garage light available in the 6500 Kelvin color temperature.

Before we get too far into this Barrina lights review, I will review some basics about the product. Then, I’ll share some pictures of how I installed it and how it looks in my garage.

Finally, I’ll tell you why this light is so wrong…and so right, depending on where you use it.

So stick around.

UPDATE: If you like Barrina LED lighting fixtures, but the T5 is too small, I got the chance to test Barrina’s T8 LED light fixtures. Click on the link to go straight to my review!

The Barrina T5 Light Fixture

As I mentioned, this particular Barrina LED fixture is a single-bulb LED light. But because it’s a T5 light fixture rather than a T8 fixture, it will be much smaller than the other garage lighting fixtures I’ve looked at.

Barrina T5 LED integrated fixture Pin

As you can see, there’s not much more to this fixture than the bulb and a little plastic on the bottom. Overall dimensions are 46.1″ long, 1.4″ high, and just under an inch wide.

You can link up to six bulbs together using the same power cord.

Most garages are notoriously short on light fixtures and power outlets. So this is a welcome feature.


That said, the three-pronged connector feels cheap. It doesn’t fit easily into the fixture socket itself, and it feels like it would fall apart after plugging it in a few times.

If you buy these fixtures in a multi-pack of six, eight, or twelve, they will also come with a 20″ connector cable.

T5 Bulb Options

You can get the Barrina LED fixtures in three different color temperatures, but only the 6500 Kelvin lights are available individually.

If you want the 5000 K or 4000 K bulbs instead, you’ll need to purchase them in packs of eight.

Check out this article for more on what color temperature is right for your garage lighting. There, I explain color temperature and how to choose the right color temperature depending on how you use your garage.

Unfortunately, all of the Barrina bulbs were frosted, with no option for clear bulbs.

This doesn’t affect the overall light output. However, it means that shadows cast by the light will have a softer edge instead of being sharply defined.

Each bulb puts out 2200 lumens using only 20 watts of power, which is a good power-to-wattage ratio. These lights won’t break the bank when you buy them. Plus, they’ll help save you money on your energy bills.

Barrina T5 LED Lights: Installation

Because each Barrina LED fixture is so light, there’s not much you need to do to mount these to your ceiling or cabinet. Each one comes with two clamps that fit neatly over the back of the fixture.

Barrina LED mounting accessories Pin

The clamps are so small and thin that I didn’t think they’d hold the lights up, especially in drywall.

So, of course…challenge accepted.

I mounted the lights first into my garage ceiling trusses and then into the drywall ceiling in between the trusses.

In both cases, the small screws held the clamps tightly, and there was no give or wobble at all.


Once the clamps are screwed in, the fixture snaps in place, and you’re done.

There’s no better option than these Barrina T5 LED fixtures if you’re looking for a light fixture that almost disappears into the ceiling when it’s not turned on.

That wasn’t the look I was going for, but I appreciate the appeal for some people.

Barrina 6500K LED mounted on ceiling Pin

I also like that the power cord is white, not black like other light fixtures. It’s much easier to blend into the ceiling.

Why the Barrina T5 LED Lights Are Wrong & Amazing At The Same Time

So why did I immediately rule out these Barrina LED fixtures for my garage?

In the previous section, I mentioned that I’m not going for the “invisible fixture” look. I liked the Hyperikon LED fixtures with their brushed bare metal look.

It gave a little touch of class to my garage. But I understand that it doesn’t matter to everyone.

Still, I instantly crossed these lights off my shortlist.

After flipping the power switch, the lights kicked on after a one-or-two-second delay.

It took another few seconds to process what I was seeing.


The 6500 K color temperature is just too blue for overhead garage lighting.

Pictures don’t really do it justice.

It just felt…unnatural.

This photo, taken of my garage from inside my kitchen, hasn’t been modified. You can see the dramatic difference between the warm kitchen lights and the bright-white 6500K Barrina lights.


One reason to use a higher color temperature light is that it brings things into a super-sharp focus so we can see details clearly.

They’re perfect for task lighting, but using them exclusively as overhead lighting feels unsettling.

Which made me realize these fixtures would make the perfect under-cabinet light!

You want something that focuses intensely on a specific area for task lighting, workbench, or under-cabinet lighting.

You won’t find many better options that output light at 6500K at this price.

The housing is incredibly lightweight, weighing just over one pound. That’s light enough to use an adhesive to attach to a metal garage cabinet.

If you’ve got wood cabinets, you could use the mounting brackets the same way as if you’d be mounting the fixtures to drywall.

Update: Amazing Under Cabinet Lights!

This section wasn’t in my original review, but I wanted to update you on where I use the Barrina LED lights and how they look.

I mounted one LED light underneath my Gladiator cabinets and couldn’t be happier. The light is small enough to be barely noticeable when it’s off and extremely bright when it’s on.

Barrina LED lights under Gladiator cabinet Pin

I don’t want to give the impression that the light is invisible because it’s not. You can definitely see it, which may bother some people.

I used some inexpensive magnets I bought on Amazon to secure the mounting bracket to the bottom of the cabinet. That way, I can remove the light and move it to a different location.

The on\off switch is mounted on the power cable, which puts the light’s controls at arm’s reach.

That’s not ideal if you’re using these Barrina shop lights as overhead lighting. But it works here.


It’s tough to show how bright these lights are, but they make a HUGE difference!

That workbench was always a little dark because most of the light hitting it was slightly behind me. My body would always cast a shadow over whatever I was working on.

These Barrina LED shop lights work fantastic as under-cabinet lighting, and I couldn’t be happier!

Barrina 4FT 2200LM LED Shop Light and Under Cabinet Light (Pack of 8)
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The Verdict

If you haven’t already guessed, I like the Barrina LED light fixtures – just not for the reasons I thought I would.

I can see why some people use them as overhead garage lighting. The fixtures are almost invisible and put out a decent amount of light while being one of the least expensive lights available.

Wondering what garage lighting to buy? I tested some of the highest-rated shop lights against each other to find the best LED shop lights. Check out my super-detailed guide to garage lighting for more tips!

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Tim Wells

Tim Wells, the founder of Garage Transformed, has been featured in dozens of home renovation publications, including, Home Stratosphere, House Digest, Livingetc, and SFGate. Since 2018, he has helped over two million people transform their everyday garages into something they can be proud of. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and bulldog.

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