Skip to comments.Try flu.x to make nightime computer use easier on you and your eyes
Posted on 10/24/2017 10:02:43 PM PDT by dennisw
Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?
Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
During the day, computer screens look goodthey're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun. f.lux
f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.
Download f.lux (v4.55)
Free for Windows
By downloading, you agree to the f.lux EULA
(also available for Mac Linux iPhone/iPad Android)
f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.
Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.
Is it free because in the fine print you agree to spyware?
I use a blue light filter, not that one. I swear by them.
You download and install flu.x on your windows PC
At night your adjust flu.x to eliminate blue light from a monitor or laptop screen which is stimulating. Blue light is fine for daytime hours but stimulating at night and messes with your sleep cycles
FLU.X also comes in Apple and Android flavors but I have not installed any of that. Go figure this out yourself. Linux too probably.
On iOS theres nothing to install, it is just there in the display settings. Set it up for sundown to sunrise is my recommendation.
Might be easier to just adjust the display settings in Windows.
There s a Night Light setting, that you can schedule on a timer.
(settings>system>display>night light on)
I am pretty sure Apple got the idea from the flu.x program which was there first. Apple was very smart to incorporate this feature into IOS. Us peasants that use PCs have to install it ourselves.
Go check out the details on that. FLU.X program is not a screen dimmer. What it does is tone down or remove (your choice) the blue light spectrum from your LED screen be it laptop or computer monitor. Best used at night time.
I don’t set flu.x on a timer. I adjust it as needed maybe 5 times per day. Takes me two seconds to adjust
So at sundown I have flu.x removing 80% of blue light but at 8PM I have it removing all blue light.
I use Redshift under Linux to do the same thing.
Thanks for the tip...
Found this for Linux, easy install for Mint:
Pretty good reviews.
I’m gonna install that one in a while.
HA; Beat me to it while I was looking; I was unfamiliar with it until just now.
Here is a REDSHIFT endorsement>>>>> Great name by the way! >>>>>>>>>>
One of the first few things to do after installing Linux Mint 18 is to install Redshift. Not only Linux Mint, in fact, Redshift has become an integrated part of my computing life.
This little app changes the screen temperature according to the time of the day. At night, it reduces the temperature so that you see a pale yellow screen which is easier on eyes at night. Similar feature has been introduced in iOS recently as Nightshift but Linux and Android had it available for a long time.
There is also an alternative application f.lux that provides more configuration options in the GUI. Redshift, on the other hand, is install and forget kind of program. Install it and run it. No configuration required. I have written about using f.lux to get Nightshift feature in Linux in a separate article, in case you want to have a look at that.
Install Redshift in Linux Mint 18
Installing Redshift in Linux Mint is very easy. You can search for Redshift in Software Manager to install it.
It turned my screen ORANGE!!!
WELL....you’re a Salamander....!!!
thnaks for headsup- looks promising- I’ve had to shift to wearing ‘computer glasses’ which basically do the same hting- the screen however is a constant pale yellow- day and night- it has made a difference- my eyes used to sting, water, and feltl ike pressure building up- until i got the glasses- they’ve made a big difference really- no more stinging eyes-
Im sure of it. Ive been using f.lux for years, on PCs and on a MacBook Air. You couldnt write an app for iOS because that was getting into stuff iOS didnt want you to have programmatic control of, so Apple pretty much had to include it in iOS.
I may have had a small part in getting Apple to include it. I have a few friends and acquaintances who work at Apple, and I was on them to get it written in. One in particular really saw the UX aspect of it, and may have been a champion for it internally.
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