Blue Light mode is another new feature that Microsoft will introduce with the Creators Update for Windows 10 that will be out in April 2017.
The feature is very similar to Apple’s Night Shift mode that the company introduced in iOS 9.3, and to a degree also to popular applications like F.Lux which have been around for much longer than that.
The core idea behind reducing blue light at night is that it may be beneficial to a person’s circadian rhythm.
As you would expect it to be, the Blue Light mode feature in Windows 10 is easy to set up and use, but does not come with all the bells and whistles of F.Lux.
What this means is that you get fewer configuration options.
Windows 10 Creators Update: Blue Light mode
Do the following to enable the feature, or configure it.
- Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.
- Navigate to System > Display.
- There you find the toggle to turn Blue Light mode on or off.
- Once enabled, click on Blue Light settings to open the configuration page.
Blue Light mode is enabled automatically on the system once you enable it. You can turn it on at any time though from the Blue Light settings page if you want to.
There you may also disable the automatic nature of the mode, and configure the following other parameters:
- Change the color temperature at night. This is a slider that enables you to change the color temperature by moving the slider to the right (lighter) or left (darker).
- Instead of lowering blue light automatically, set hours in which you want the feature to kick in.
That’s all there is to Blue Light mode for now. Since the feature launched in the recent preview build, there is a chance that Microsoft will improve it before the release of the Creators Update.
Introducing the Blue Light mode in Windows 10 is certainly something that users will appreciate. The mode is not enabled by default, and it seems likely that users might overlook it if they don’t know that it is there unless Microsoft provides a tooltip or hint about it.
The feature is not as sophisticated as the capabilities that F.Lux brings to the table. The third-party program offers additional options — lowering during daylight for instance — which Night Mode does not offer.
What Blue Light mode has going for it is that it does not require a third-party program to run in the background all the time to make use of the feature.