The benefits of f.lux when doing an all-nighter

Doing your coursework at the last moment, not a good idea. Having to do an all-nighter for it, not good for many reasons.

However, there is a piece of software I’ve been using for quite some time now, that can make working in front of your PC during those long nights (and generally, any other time) a bit easier: f.lux

It makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

How exactly does it work?

Well, it’s quite simple:

  1. Select what type of lighting you have
  2. Select your location (to match sunrise/sunset times)
  3. Select transition speed
  4. Done.

f.lux then takes care of changing the colour temperature to follow the day/night cycle all on its own (that’s why your location is useful). You can also de-activate it for an hour if you want/need.

For the transition speed, I’d suggest putting it on slow, because it in fact changes in that amount of time when you go from the night-time to daytime setting. Example: it is 5:46 and f.lux believes you have gone from night to day, so it will take {TransitionSpeed} to go from reddish to bluish.

So yeah it does change your screen colour a bit, but I honestly haven’t had any trouble adapting to that (I’d only notice it when the screen is at an odd angle), and my eyes don’t feel quite as tired when spending long times on my PC, especially at night. I couldn’t tell if I sleep better, but I definitely don’t get as much eye strain 🙂

If you want to check out its benefits: install it, stay on the PC until some time at night, then deactivate it (niark!).

f.lux is free and available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and even for iPhone/iPad! I hear they’re also working on an Android version.

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