I have odd hours I sleep – I can’t break it – I sleep in 4-hour chunks. But sometimes at night I like less eye strain and was turning down the brightness on my monitor. Don’t get me wrong this helps, but there are much better ways. A few that I just found out about. The first one is built into windows and can easily be turned on and off.

Using the Magnifier to turn on Night Mode:

Directions:

Windows “Aero” must be enabled. Also, “Magnifier” – a standard Windows feature – must be installed. Unless you have explicitly disabled these, both should be enabled already.

  1. Open the Start menu, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Ease of Access, and click Magnifier. (Alternatively, you can start typing “Magnifier” in the text box in the Start Menu, and it will appear.)
  2. By default, Magnifier should open with a zoom of 200x. A small Magnifier control window will open, as well. If only a magnifying glass appears on your screen, click the lens to expand it to the Magnifier control window. If nothing appears, click the new Magnifier button on your taskbar (it looks like a computer screen with a magnifying glass) to show the control window.
  3. Press the large MINUS to reduce the zoom to 100%. I’m assuming, of course, that you don’t want to zoom at all.
  4. Click the gear icon on the control window to open Magnifier Options.
  5. Check “Turn on color inversion” in Magnifier Options and click OK.
  6. Minimize Magnifier (you might have to click the magnifying glass to get the control window again).
  7. To make a permanent “Night Mode” button on your taskbar, right-click the Magnifier button on the taskbar (it looks like a computer screen with a magnifying glass). In the menu that appears, click “Pin this program to taskbar.” Drag it to move it wherever you would like it.

And there it is… a Night Mode button. The easiest way to return to regular mode is to right-click the Magnifier button on your taskbar and click “Close Window” in the menu that appears.

These directions Thanks to Pete and Logos Forums

I was going to show you a screen clip using snipping tool – however it is smart enough to turn off the reverse of the night mode automatically. So no screen shot.

The second way is to use f.lux for Windows

f.lux windows dialog box

This shows the setting of f.lux for Windows

 

f.lux does quite a bit – unlike the first option and reverse the colors like the magnifier did – f.lux controls the color temperature of the screen.

I am currently using Version 4 – this is from f.lux release notes:

What’s new:

  • Analyzes your displays to show you how bright they are to your body: adjust your backlight and watch!
  • Bedtime mode: warmer light before bed gets you ready for sleep, and works with all kinds of schedules
  • Disable by app (so you don’t forget Photoshop)
  • Backwards alarm clock: reminder not to stay up late
  • Presets to help adjust your settings
  • Color filters for eyestrain and other uses
  • A wider range of color settings
  • New hotkeys to adjust color (alt+shift+PgUp and alt+shift+PgDn)

Now I have only been using f.lux for a few days however I do feel less eyestrain considerably.

Photo of Globe Desk LampNow on to my new desk lamp – I bought it from Amazon, and I use it with the Philips Hue Led Lighting system, and I added the Philps Hue A19 3rd Generation Multicolor Bulb.

Using this I can control the desk lamp using Alexa or Google Home, and I can change the color of the output depending on the time of the day. Working late night, I have it set to a deep red color that doesn’t hurt my eyes and less eyestrain. I can also control it from my iPhone or iPad. Using the Philips Hue App, I can have it automatically adjust the colors based on time of day. From 6 am to 5 pm, I have it set to energize scene. From 5 pm to 9 pm, I have it set to relax.  From 9 pm to 6 am, I have it set to Red Night Light. I am a firm believer in protecting your eyes from monitor eyestrain. Years ago I bought several pairs of

I am a firm believer in protecting your eyes from monitor eyestrain. Years ago I bought several pairs of Gunnar Optics computer glasses that I use at work and here at home. From my experience, I know these work for me. When I am not using them I notice more eyestrain.