F.Lux: A Solution To Eye Strain Problem Due To Bright Computer Screens

June 21, 2010

in Tools & Extras

The problems of eye strain and insomnia are often reported by serious PC users who used to spend large amount of time on their computers staring at the bright screens. The situation gets more problematic when user spends a lot of time in front of a bright computer screen in the night time. If you are experiencing the same kind of problem then you should give a try to F.lux, it will surely help you overcome these problems.

F.lux is a smart little app that, depending on your location, predicts the sunset and sunrise time in your location and by making use of this data it makes the color temperature of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Once F.lux is installed (in Windows), it will appear in the taskbar. Click on its icon and this is what you will see.

F.lux settings

To add your location to F.lux settings click on Change Settings tab. Now click on the Change tab (see screenshot below) and a pop up will appear that will prompt you to add your location.

You can also adjust the the lighting for daytime and night time both by scrolling the two sliders shown in the screenshot below. Also, whenever you want to do any color-sensitive work, you can disable f.lux for an hour. For that you just need to check the box saying  “Disable for one hour”.

F.Lux location

The design of this app is backed by results of some good research work. If you want, you can get to know this app more deeply by visiting link: Sleep Research

I’ve just started to use this app, so I can’t say much about how it would be in the long run but here are few reactions on this app from the people who have been using this app and are pretty much familiar with it.

1: I have had major issues with a way-too-bright flat panel that was a retina-burner on the very lowest setting. This helps a lot. The disable feature will let me work on graphics as needed. And yeah, it’s way pink. But pink is supposed to be calming which is what hyper people like me need to combat insomnia…

2: F.lux is amazing! I spend a lot of time on my computer in the evening and and my screen is too bright no matter how I adjust my monitor settings. The yellow filter really does the trick: I can already tell that it is easier on my eyes

To read more feedbacks of people about this app, go to this link.

If you prefer to work in night time then this app suits you the best. Don’t forget to drop in your comments after trying it up.

This tool works on Win 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X. Download this tool from this link

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David June 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Well i am using Redshift to keep the eye strain problem away from me, its really awesome.


2 Shahab June 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

Redsihft is also a great one. But its for Mac only I guess!


3 Kashif June 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

Now I can work longer in nights with this app installed. Really its a must try 🙂


4 Shahab June 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thanks for commenting Kashif! I am glad it has helped you!


5 Erlend January 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

love it!


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