Have you ever been working late at night? On a report, EVERYONE Switching to DARK MODE because you’d spent the entire day screwing around and found the incessantly white background of your word processor in your web browser to be unbearable.
Well, indeed we’re staying in front of our screens later and later into the night these days.
Which is why today we were honoring our first unsung hero of tech dark mode.
Often times it isn’t obvious whether an app or a program features a dark mode and it’s often a little unassuming option buried in a menu somewhere.
For those of you who are night owls, you’ll know that it works by reversing the usual color scheme of your windows. Putting light colored text on a dark background, but it isn’t as simple as just inverting the colors on a webpage and calling it a day.
You can see this if you have a browser extension that applies a dark mode as some elements on the page often don’t look as nice while other ones such as images won’t invert or dim properly.
So, coding a good-looking dark mode that is specific to a certain website often requires a fair bit of finesse. However, this often ends up being worth it as dark mode ends up delivering quite a few benefits you see it’s pretty common these days for phones and computers to have a built-in night mode to reduce blue light.
The basic idea is that blue light,
from your screens, can affect your ability to properly fall asleep. So, night mode reduces blue light emissions, by giving everything a yellowish or reddish tinge.
This might not be a big deal if you’re just trying to read the text. but it can result in nearly everything else looking noticeably discolored and that’s where dark mode can be advantageous.
Particularly on phones, many smartphones these days use OLED screens. Which don’t require a backlight as a standard TV or computer monitor would? So, any fully black areas of an app in dark mode would just have their pixels turned completely off.
So, much less light ends up assaulting your eyes. Although you won’t get this effect if you’re using a regular monitor, as you’ll still have its entire backlight omitting blue light dark mode can still make much easier to look at during the night.
If you don’t have another way to reduce eyestrain such as bias lighting. But it isn’t just about making screens easier on the eyes on those phones with OLED screens that we just mentioned having fewer pixels illuminated.
Means that dark mode can extend your battery life as having your brightness turned up is a notorious battery hog leading some people to run their apps in dark mode even during the daytime.
Google claimed a few years ago that having a predominantly white screen can use up to 6 times as much battery as a predominantly black one on the original pixel.
So, it might be worth switching to dark mode if you find yourself consistently fighting poor battery life.
Android currently offers options to enable dark mode on frequently used apps like phone and messages. IOS has smart invert colors feature that switches Apple apps to a dark mode pretty elegantly and also works with third-party apps with varying degrees of success.
On the desktop side of things, you can enable a dark theme in Windows10 that can tone down the excessive white of the settings menu and File Explorer.
So, although dark modes aren’t universally present yet it’s great to see developers putting some thought into saving our eyes.
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