f.lux – make display more comfortable at night

f.lux iconBeing stuck before computer display until very late in the night tends to feel much worse than same amount of hours during the day. If it’s not gradual and you just turn computer on in the night – it feels like display hits you in the eyes.

f.lux is a software that adjusts color temperature for display to be easier on your eyes and brain at night.

What it does

In a nutshell app switches display to “cool” colors during the day (which is usual state for displays) and “warm” colors during the night. This makes screen easier to look at during dark hours and less likely to disrupt going to sleep afterwards.

f.lux interface

Strong features

While it is very hard to untangle subjective from objective for such kind of a functionality, it definitely reduces that hit-in-the-eyes effect. Since the actual brightness does not change the difference in how it looks is very clear and substantial. I have warm lighting in my room and displays suddenly started to feel like they belong at night, rather being pools of alien bright light.

App derives dark time from sunrise/sunset, which requires you to set latitude and longitude for where you are in the world. Web site has helper page to determine that.

Color temperatures for day and night can be adjusted (or even flipped) from defaults in settings.

Downsides

While effect is very pronounced in a good way, it has as pronounced bad impact on colors. Unlike typical minor brightness/contrast adjustments it impacts colors much more and very visibly affects viewing angles – image can get outright orange.

It is hard to adjust to psychologically and totally unfit for color-sensitive work (for which there is option to disable adjustment for a hour). Luckily being stuck in browser or text editor of some kind is hardly color sensitive, but still takes time to get used to it.

By default transition between modes is unpleasantly rapid, but can be adjusted in setting to be dragged out for an hour. FAQ justifies default option as easier on resources so long change might be unfit for slower computers.

Overall

Your mileage may wary, but as for me f.lux makes very real and pleasant difference to working with computer at night.

Home http://stereopsis.com/flux/ 

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5 Comments

  • I installed it and tested it, but I found it actually became pretty annoying for my eyes to see such a yellow tint.

    I ended up disabling up.

    Good tips on slowly transitioning to the yellow, I think it was just too abrupt for me.

  • I love flux, even more so I love it on my iPhone!

  • One of my favorite programs ever. I install it on everything. Even my jailbroken iPhone.

    My only wish is I could make the transition longer than an hour, and have it start a little bit earlier. Other than that, if I need to do color sensitive work, I just disable it for an hour (closing my eyes first as it’s nearly blinding changing it from warm to blue that quickly).

  • Sorry to talk about something else, but did not know how to do to ask:
    On a site you posted a code for a live search on wordpress, I tried it and it worked perfectly, but I have a problem …

    Site: http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/42891/how-to-create-live-autofill-search

    The problem is:
    This code is realy good, but i need that if i go to searching text click, the click go to the post.

    Sorry for my bad English.

  • @Marcelo

    Please keep WPSE stuff on WPSE, you can comment there when you gain some reputation on site. My blog (and especially random posts on it) have nothing to do with my activity there.

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