Ask LH: How Can I Keep My Bright Screen From Blinding Me At Night?

Ask LH: How Can I Keep My Bright Screen From Blinding Me At Night?

Dear Lifehacker, I like to use my phone and laptop at night, but even with the brightness on the lowest setting, they still hurt my eyes. Are there any tricks to getting the brightness even lower?

Sincerely, Blinded by Blue

Dear Blinded,

Not only is that bright blue light annoying, but it can actually keep you from falling asleep later at night, which makes this a pretty important issue. You have a few options for dimming your screen further.

Raise the Colour Temperature

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Lower the Brightness Past Its Minimum Setting

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Stay Away from Screens Altogether

The best option, of course, is to try and remove screens from your night-time routine. That blue light is going to wreak havoc with your sleep cycle, and switching to something screen-less is going to be much better for your overall health. If you have a Kindle or other e-ink based reader, use that instead, or just read a book. It’s annoying if you’d rather play video games late into the night, but it’s the most reliable way to get you sleeping better if the screen brightness is keeping you up.

These aren’t the only things you can do to stave off overly bright screens (one user over at the Toshiba Thrive Forums recommends putting automotive tint film on your screen), but they’re all quick, easy and free, so they’re good places to start.


PS As always, if you have any suggestions we didn’t mention, let us know about them in the comments.

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