Hobolite Avant and Hobolite Mini LED review

These eye-catching LED lights combine an attractive 1960’s design with 21st Century functionality

Hobolite Avant and Hobolite Mini LED studio lights
(Image: © George Cairns)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Hobolite Avant and Mini’s classic retro design will certainly draw attention to them during a shoot, but they aren’t an example of style over substance The combination of control knobs and buttons (or the Hobolite app) enables you to adjust both lights’ intensity and color temperature to suit the subject and you can creatively enhance video shoots using the 8 preset lighting effects (including our favorite effect - Explosion). The Avant’s battery pack (and the Mini’s built-in battery) also free you up to shoot in more locations. We have to give them a glowing review!


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    Gorgeous retro design

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    Variable light intensity and color

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    Quiet cooling fans

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    Battery or mains power

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    8 creative lighting preset effects

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    Carry case


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Hobolite has released a brand new range of attractively designed and feature-packed bi-color LED lights - the Hobolite Pro, the Avant, and the Mini. We were lucky enough to get hold of the Avant and Mini models to test and review prior to their launch. 

LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights are an attractive alternative to the classic studio light that has a glass lamp as its light source. These old glass lamps (or bulbs) would occasionally blow and interrupt a shoot before being replaced - once the light’s casing had cooled down enough to be handled safely!

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.