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The F.lux Windows app has just been given a rather significant update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 with some very cool new features. You can now F.lux your house with a schedule for Philips Hue, enter Movie Mode when you’re using your PC as a home theatre or disable it until morning if you’re planning on working all night.

Every evening at 6.30pm, my screen starts to get less brighter and more Sepia-brownish-softer-colour. No, my monitor is not on the blink. Rather, that is my F.lux installation kicking in, a rather not-so-subtle hint to tell me to get off the computer for the evening and have a life.

We have previously written about maintaining your circadian rhythm using F.lux Use F.lux To Sleep Better After Late-Night Computer Activities Use F.lux To Sleep Better After Late-Night Computer Activities Read More , the Linux version of F.lux f.lux Now Comes With A Simple GUI [Linux] f.lux Now Comes With A Simple GUI [Linux] Read More , and how F.lux can prevent computer-related eye strain 4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity 4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity Do you spend many hours in front of a computer screen? If you do, you’re probably familiar with the inescapable eye strain that comes with it. Headaches, burning eyes, itchiness and just being tired, are... Read More . But if you’re a busy person who has no time to click on any more links, this is how it works. You have what’s called a sleep cycle, and as you head towards bed-time, ideally you should not be looking at a bright screen because the brightness hits your eyes and causes the sleep cycle to be messed up, which in turn means you can’t sleep very well. If this sounds too simplistic, read the circadian rhythm article above, which is written by a qualified doctor.

If you are someone who spends many hours a day at the computer, especially in the evening, then the F.lux app is for you. Many users swear it has improved their sleep tremendously.

Unfortunately this new version is only for Windows at the moment, so Mac and smartphone users will have to hang on a bit longer. Click the source link below to take a look at all of the new stuff you can expect to get from F.lux.

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Do you use F.lux? How has it helped your sleeping patterns?

Source: Fl.ux Blog

  1. John Williams
    December 16, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Sudden dim at 1830? You do know you can make it fade slowly in the settings don't you. It almost tracks the sunset through my window!
    Fantastic!

  2. michelle
    October 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I've used flux for several years now and it does a marvelous job of reducing night-time eyestrain. It also helps protect your circadian rhythm/sleep patterns by not providing a daylight level light source.

  3. Druv B
    October 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Been using F.Lux for years, this update brings hot-keys which is really handy for movies and games.

  4. MUO
    October 19, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I don't use Flux. I use my goggles instead.

  5. Kurt S.
    October 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I have been using flux for about 3 months. It takes some time to get used to having the monitor(s) begin to reduce their brightness or to begin to get brighter in the mornings. Overall, I like the application. Running Win 7.

    • Mark O
      October 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I agree it takes time to get used to it. When the sun went down at 6.30pm in the evening, the screen would suddenly dim and I would wonder what was wrong with the monitor!

      But when you do get used to it, it does a fantastic job of protecting your eyes from the glare of the monitor.

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