Thanks to our SUggestions platform, f.lux tinting has now been installed by the University ICT department onto Library computers.
You said, we did.
What even is f.lux tinting (?!) we hear you scream and shout...
Well, it is a clever piece of software that adapts the lighting of your computer screen to mirror the lighting of the room you're in, helping to reduce eye strain and improve sleeping patterns.
Computer screens are generally bright, mirroring the sunlight outdoors. But let's think about this for a second, while a bright screen is fine in the daytime, you probably shouldn't be staring at a bright light when working at 9pm, 11pm or even 2am!
Fancy some f.lux-tastic science to explain this some more?
During the day, bright light keeps us awake. However, when the sun dims our brains secrete melatonin which makes us sleepy (explaining why it's widely thought that bright screens before bed affects sleeping patterns). Our sunny computer screens hinder our melatonin production and as such hinder our sleep. They also strain our eyes.
By gently altering the colours in your computer screen from blueish hues to reddish hues, f.lux helps to reduce eye strain and helps you sleep better. Not bad, hey?
Just... don't go falling asleep at your Library desks!
We would like to say a big thank you to the University ICT department for installing the f.lux software and also thank you to the student who submitted the idea initially.
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