We cannot do much about most lighting we use, but for our electronic bluish lights, a solution is available that allows us to check email safely before bedtime. An application called f.lux regulates our computer's display by adapting to the time of day (warm at night and sunny during the day).
All we need to do is download f.lux
, set it up, and forget it. Once set up, we will see our screen warming and dimming as the sun goes down. We might think of this as mood lighting for our computer as it matches our indoor lights at night and saves us some sleep hours. That's reason enough for me to see the world through rose-colored glasses (at least, to see my email through a rose-tinted screen).
This download page includes links not only for Windows, but also download links for Mac, Linux, and iPhone/iPad. An Android app is available in the Google Play Store
After clicking on Settings, the user may change the location by entering a ZIP code and may change the transition speed from fast (default) to slow. More information about set up is at the bottom of the News page link
is available for users. It includes information and help for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Linux, Android, and more.
The Research tab includes a significant amount of research about sleep and lighting. The extensive FAQ tab provides support and assistance.
Take a look at f.lux and see if you might like to include it on your electronic devices.
A 2014 graduate of The College of William and Mary, Michael studied government and process management, earning a yellow belt in Lean/Six Sigma. With experience at the federal level in budget planning, program performance, and process improvement efforts, Michael specializes in conducting complex analyses, forecasting, and creating dashboards within Microsoft Excel and Tableau. He is passionate about sharing knowledge, particularly about time-saving techniques. Before joining the Grant Thornton team, Michael was a contributing author for the Diplomatic Courier, an international affairs magazine.
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