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F.lux, a program that makes night gaming less unhealthy for your eyes

Do you do midnight gaming?

  • I'm all nocturnal

    Votes: 20 90.9%
  • Sleeping is better!

    Votes: 2 9.1%

  • Total voters
    22

Murphmario

Retinazer
Thanks for the download! Definitely going to get it.

Also like the fact that I can disable it if I want to use programs like Paint.Net. Also, mind if I post this on another forum to help spread it?
 

Kazzymodus

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
http://www.bluelightexposed.com/#where-is-blue-light-found

"Our eyes' natural filters do not provide sufficient protection against blue light rays from the sun, let alone the blue light emanating from these devices or from blue light emitted from fluorescent-light tubes. Prolonged exposure to blue light may cause retinal damage and contribute to age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to loss of vision."
"There's growing medical evidence that blue light exposure may cause permanent eye damage; contribute to the destruction of the cells in the center of the retina; and play a role in causing age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision loss."

I see a lot of 'can's and 'may's on that web-page in general. And finding conflicting evidence isn't that hard.

Not saying by any means staring at a computer screen at night is healthy, but I think its detrimental effects are being exaggerated a tad, as with so many things these days (sunlight, soot, carbohydrates, red meat, being alive in general).
 

Jofairden

Duke Fishron
tModLoader
My eyes have just lost 'soreness' that they used to have before I was using f.lux
I've been using f.lux ever since it was out for about a month (and that's a long time)
Really, anything after 10 PM would hurt my eyes, now it doesn't anymore.
 

BadassWalrus

Steampunker
This is actually really cool. It stops eye strain for me also

One question if i close the popup thing will it not run?
(Nvm, it seems to run in the backround)
 

Xyifer12

Terrarian
My eyes have just lost 'soreness' that they used to have before I was using f.lux
I've been using f.lux ever since it was out for about a month (and that's a long time)
Really, anything after 10 PM would hurt my eyes, now it doesn't anymore.
Don't you lower the screen brightness at night?
 

ManaUser

Brain of Cthulhu
It's an interesting concept. I tried it some time ago, but for the kind of work I do on the computer, having things discolored really isn't acceptable. If there were a similar program that only changed the brightness without messing with color it might be worth giving a try.
 

Devalaous

Terrarian
I got used to it and actually prefer the 4200k setting to daylight mode

Since I am supernocturnal, I tend to still be awake when daylight mode re-activates...and I get blinded by it every time
 

Kyouko Tsukino

Steampunker
Good, now find a program that lowers "red light" and "orange light" and "green light" and "white light" and "yellow light" and ll those other "kinds" of light which also :red: up your vision at night, and that site conveniently decides to ignore.

Not that I disagree with that practice, it's usual in business. "If you want to sell something, tell your customers what it does, not what it doesn't." Yes, the program is free, but there's ways to make the customer pay a fee. "What the customer doesn't know can't hurt them."

Know what really saves your eyes? Not gaming at night. It's free and 100% certain to not contain hidden malicious software.

Edit: In case you didn't notice, I used ":red:" up there. Just saving you the chore of finding a way to invalidate my post.
 

Xyifer12

Terrarian
Good, now find a program that lowers "red light" and "orange light" and "green light" and "white light" and "yellow light" and ll those other "kinds" of light which also :red: up your vision at night, and that site conveniently decides to ignore.

Not that I disagree with that practice, it's usual in business. "If you want to sell something, tell your customers what it does, not what it doesn't." Yes, the program is free, but there's ways to make the customer pay a fee. "What the customer doesn't know can't hurt them."

Know what really saves your eyes? Not gaming at night. It's free and 100% certain to not contain hidden malicious software.

Edit: In case you didn't notice, I used ":red:" up there. Just saving you the chore of finding a way to invalidate my post.
The amount of light and it's source in a room are what matter, not time of day.
I keep a standard light level through day and night (as dark as possible), as do many people. Instead of changing the display tint, it's often better to just keep the monitor dim.
 

DaBomb

Terrarian
It's pretty good for a free program. Using it helps me fall asleep quicker after using my computer

Good, now find a program that lowers "red light" and "orange light" and "green light" and "white light" and "yellow light" and ll those other "kinds" of light which also :red: up your vision at night, and that site conveniently decides to ignore.

Not that I disagree with that practice, it's usual in business. "If you want to sell something, tell your customers what it does, not what it doesn't." Yes, the program is free, but there's ways to make the customer pay a fee. "What the customer doesn't know can't hurt them."

Know what really saves your eyes? Not gaming at night. It's free and 100% certain to not contain hidden malicious software.

Edit: In case you didn't notice, I used ":red:" up there. Just saving you the chore of finding a way to invalidate my post.
Yeah :red: light. Photons? More like pho-tons of overrated trash
[DOUBLEPOST=1438313766,1438313452][/DOUBLEPOST]Wait, photons are massless.
:red:
 

Sigma90

Brain of Cthulhu
I've been using this for over a year and can attest to it working. And I'm a natural sceptic. It's not brightness per se, that's the problem, it's the intensity of the light. (In particular, as previously stated: the white/blue colours.) Try it yourself: At night with the lights off, try looking at a device that has a blue light (e.g. a power light). You'll probably see a halo around the light and it will seem uncomfortably bright. Then try looking at a device with a red, orange or green light. There won't be a halo, and it won't seem as bright / bothering. An easy test with most modern day devices: a laptop power light (usually blue) compared to the power board it's plugged into to (usually has a red/orange power light).

F.lux really does help reduce the intensity of the light. The red/orange tint takes a little bit to get used to, but it's softer and you really can notice the difference and it really does help your eyes relax later at night. Rather than trying to say it's wrong, try it for a week or two and see how it goes. I know it helps me and I know I can feel the difference between a device with f.lux and a device without. And even if it's just pseudoscience / the placebo effect, who cares? It helps, so it doesn't matter.

I advise changing the default setting to change the temperature more gradually. It's better to use the longer period (60m) instead of the shorter one (20s) to gradually change the temperature. Also note that some fullscreen games will interfere with f.lux and prevent it working.
 

Hie the Badger

The Destroyer
> And even if it's just pseudoscience / the placebo effect, who cares? It helps, so it doesn't matter.

What.

Explain yourself.

I as a potential customer am confused.
 
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