Yesterday, Anthony blogged about a cool app that lets you dim your Mac’s display brightness even further and beyond the minimum allowed by OS X.
Today, we discuss an app for adjusting the brightness and colors of your Mac’s display, called f.lux, which essentially replicates functionality provided by Apple’s new Night Shift mode on iOS 9.3.
In a nutshell, f.lux warms the color of the screen’s backlight in order to reduce or eliminate the amount of blue light the LEDs give off. Upon giving the app permission to use your location, you’re ready to go.
F.lux automatically adapts to the time of day to produce warmer colors at night, which makes your Mac’s screen look like the room you’re in, and like sunlight during the day.
You can make individual color adjustments for daytime, sunset and bedtime to suit your needs, tell the app to launch at login and more. If you’re going to be using f.lux on OS X 10.11 El Capitan, bear in mind that OS X’s setting which automatically adjusts brightness doesn’t play nice with the app, causing flickering.
You can easily circumvent this issue until a future f.lux update fixes this bug by turning this feature off in System Preferences → Displays, as shown below.
F.lux sits in your Mac’s menu bar, through which you can access its preferences window and quick adjustments such as the color scheme (Recommended, Custom, Classic f.lux and Working Late), choose between color effects (Darkroom, Movie Mode and OS X’s Dark Theme at sunset), enable fast color transitions or temporarily disable f.lux for an hour, until sunrise or only for the current app you’re using (with the ability to dim the screen when f.lux is disabled).
Summing up, f.lux is a tremendously handy utility that I use every day on my Mac because it makes working on my computer in a dark environment much easier on my eyes, and so should you.
What’s this nonsense about blue light?
Because blue light severely disrupts your sleep and affects shut eye by delaying the creation of the sleep hormone melatonin, doctors advise that gadget lovers stop using their device at least two hours before going to bed.
In addition to keeping you up at night, blue light was also found to lead to insomnia, cause cancers and degrade your immune system over time.
F.lux requires an Intel-based Mac and can be downloaded at no charge through the official website. The desktop app is also available for the Windows and Linux platforms.
Because the iOS edition of f.lux uses private APIs, it’s not available in the App Store. Thankfully, my colleague Jeff has put together a handy tutorial with step by step instructions on installing a sideloadable version of f.lux on any iOS 9 device, even the new iPad Pro, without a jailbreak.