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I was just wondering if you guys know of any code editor or rather theme that changes color depending on what time of day it is (in other words if it's dark or not). I had this problem that I was working on a project for about 6 or 8 hours straight and noticed that the longer I worked (until it gets dark), and the brighter the theme is, the more painful my eyes were (maybe not painful, but irritant). When I changed to the dark theme I was fine. I was wondering if this is possible to be set by what time of day it is; so I would like to make some more research on this to find out what is the optimal color and screen brightness for a certain time of day (or brightness in other words). I'm not sure if this is about how much time you spend using a screen or how dark or light is in your room.

asked Oct 11 '12 at 10:27

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Why do people try to treat the symptoms and not the cause, I thought society learned that years ago...

Symptom: Eyes Hurt

Cause: Spending to much time behind a computer screen

Solution: Don't spend so much time behind the computer screen.

answered Oct 11 '12 at 10:38

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It is also worth noting that using a computer in a dark room is bad for your eyes, bright light dark room your eyes dilate for the outside surrounding and contract for the screen, It is important that the screen is at the right brightness for the surrounding, and the surrounding should always be lit. If the screen appears to bright, dim it, if it appears to dark, brighten it (squinting is not good either)

(Oct 11 '12 at 21:30) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Not sure of any IDE that will do this for you, but I know in some of the more recent Microsoft (C#, C++, C etc.) IDEs you can manually switch it to a dark theme, probably not exactly what you're looking for but it does provide a quick toggle for it.

Not very useful if you're developing in Eclipse like I am, but hey, if someone can get some use out of this :D

answered Oct 11 '12 at 23:25

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