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Using Twilight for automatic late night TV dimming


I watch a lot of streaming tv and constantly fight myself if I should watch just one more episode before bed. Quickly I find myself in the early AM hours wondering how I got there.

Unfortunately looking at LED screens encourages staying up late because of the light temperature that comes off the tv is very blue-ish (6000K). Our bodies normally stop seeing daylight/6000K/blue-ish light around sunsets and so naturally our bodies used that to trigger releases of melatonin, a chemical in your body that regulates sleep/wake cycles.

Many platform offer programs that will dim and reduce the amount of blue color shown after a certain time to help you fall asleep after using a screen late at night. I’ve used Flux on all of my computers for years with very positive success. I highly recommend installing any screen dimmer app to all of your devices.

Windows – Flux
Mac – Flux
Android – Twilight
IOS – Night Shift (builtin)

Using Android Studio ADB (android debugger)

If you already have Android Studio installed, you can easily use the ADB to remotely connect to your Amazon Fire TV or Android TV device. If you do not have Android Studio, its a lot of work to install and instead look at using Apps2Fire.

Before you can connect to it, you will need to make sure Developer Mode is enabled on the device and that you know what its IP address is.

adb connect 192.168.1.107

(If you are getting errors saying it can’t find adb, either cd into your [User] -> Android -> SDK -> Platform Tools folder or add that folder to your PATH)

Before you can install the app you will need to get a APK version of it. I recommend using APKpure to download it.  Then issue the following command:

adb install twilight-6-6.apk

adb disconnect

Running Twilight

After it is installed, twilight doesn’t show up in the normal locations. On the home page of Fire TV, scroll down to Your Apps & Games and scroll all the way to the righ to click See All. Now scroll all the way to the bottom where you should find a red unlabelled icon.

Finding Twilight on Amazon Fire TV

Once inside twilight, first turn Filter times to Always so you can see what effects are being done to the TV during night hours.

I currently use:

Twilight Settings

After using twilight, I don’t know how people stand using a TV late at night without it.

 

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I'm a 29 year old UIUC Computer Engineer building mobile apps, websites and hardware integrations with an interest in 3D printing, biotechnology and Arduinos.

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