Windows 10 Creators Update Insider Preview build 14997 adds an option to turn off or reduce blue light to lower the risk of disrupting your sleep, and reduce eye strain. With the blue light reduction option enabled, Windows shows warmer colors to make it easier to sleep at night.
Reduce Blue Light in Windows 10
People have been using programs like f.lux to set the computer’s display adapt to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day. But now Windows 10 includes the blue light filtering capability built-in.
You can enable or disable Blue Light reduction setting via the Action Center Quick Action button.
1. Click the Action Center icon or press Winkey + A
2. Click Expand to show all Quick action buttons, if it’s in collaped mode.
3. Enable the “Blue light” toggle switch.
4. To configure Blue Light options, open Settings (Winkey + i).
5. Click System, Display.
6. Enable “Lower blue light automatically”
This enables blue light reduction feature with its default settings.
7. Click “Blue light settings” to configure or customize blue light filtering options. It opens the following page:
8. In the above page, you can change the “Color temperature at night” setting by adjusting the slider. You can also schedule this option by enabling “Lower blue light automatically” and setting the hours accordingly.
Research has shown that blue light emitted by your electronic device screens can be detrimental to health as it lowers secretion of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. This, in-turn disrupts sleep. It has been recommended that you reduce your blue-light exposure before bed.
f.lux utility to automatically adjust color temperature / blue light
The third-party too F.lux automatically changes the color temperature depending upon the time of the day. Based on the current geographic location you’re located, it calculates the sunset time and changes the mode automatically as time progresses.
You can change the location and color temperature options in f.lux settings.
There are also three modes namely “Movie mode”, “Darkroom mode” and “Safe mode”. For more information, check out f.lux: F.A.Q.
Microsoft has stated that the native blue light filtering will get additional settings in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
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