Reduce Eye Strain and Sleep Better With This New Windows 10 Feature

Ben Stegner 14-04-2017

Apps that filter blue light What Is a Blue Light Filter and Which App Works Best? These blue light filter apps for Android will help you get a better night's sleep, even when using your device at night. Read More have been around for ages. F.lux is a popular solution for Windows and Mac, and there are several apps that will do it on your smartphone.


However, such third-party apps might become obsolete soon thanks to built-in functionalities. macOS just released Night Shift Use a Mac at Night? Night Shift and Other Apps That Can Save Your Eyes Apple just dropped the latest macOS Sierra update with relatively few changes apart from one standout feature: Night Shift. Read More , and more recently, the Windows 10 Creators Update, a new feature called Night Light will fill the same need.

If you’ve got the Creators Update already, you can start using it now. Head to Settings > System > Display. You’ll see a switch labeled Night Light on the right side. Click on Night Light Settings first to configure it to your liking.

Use the slider bar to choose a temperature of color. The further left you drag it, the warmer the color becomes. Warmer temperatures filter more light but greatly distort the colors, so you might not want such an extreme setting for color-sensitive work.

Enabling Schedule night light makes sense so you don’t have to toggle it on every evening. You can check Sunset to Sunrise and the colors will automatically change based on your time zone. If you want to set your own times instead (maybe you have an unusual work schedule), click Set hours and specify them.

To quickly enable or disable Night Light, open the Action Center with the Windows Key + A shortcut or by clicking the icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click the Night Light panel to toggle it — useful if you’re watching a movie or something and need to disable it for a time.


If you use these light-shifting features, check out what we found about their effect on your sleep Can F.lux and Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More .

Do you use a light filtering app for nighttime computer use? Let us know if you’ll try the native Windows solution, and your favorite, down in the comments!

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  1. Joe Keeley
    April 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I've used flux for years and think it's great. I'd be interested to hear from people who switch from flux to the Windows 10 Night Light and if they notice any differences.