If you’re a night owl, you know how much a regular white web page can hurt your eyes when you open it up. Here are two browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that will make the web a little bit nicer at night.
We’ve shared a few ways to make your screen more eye-friendly in the dark, but Google recently released an extension designed to make the web more night-friendly. Here’s the lowdown on it and a similar extension for Firefox.
High Contrast Inverts Colors on a Per-Site Basis in Chrome
Google’s official High Contrast extension for Chrome is pretty great. By clicking on its icon in your menu bar, you can invert the colors of your web pages, making blindingly bright black-on-white sites white-on-black for easier viewing. It ignores photos, too, so you can still see pictures without them looking like film negatives. You can also choose an inverted greyscale if the colors get too wonky for you.
What’s especially nice is that you can set it on a per-site basis, so if you frequent sites that already have “night modes” built in, you can ignore them from being inverted. And, you can set Ctrl+Shift+F11 to toggle inversion on any site you want. Above all, it actually looks good when it’s enabled—a lot of color inversion tweaks can really make your screen look weird, while this extension makes everything look somewhat natural.
Blank Your Monitor Lets You Customize Your Inverted Color Scheme in Firefox
Firefox users have a similar extension calledBlank Your Monitor that, with a keyboard shortcut, will invert the colors in your browser for easier night reading. Unlike Google’s extension, however, you can open up the options and customize the colors for page backgrounds, text, and links, so it looks exactly how you want it to look. It also has a cool feature in which you can select text and press a keyboard shortcut to put it on a reader-friendly, inverted page.
That said, certain page elements can sometimes look weird with this extension (like Google’s Instant Previews, page logos, and text boxes), so if you prefer an alternative, check out theMyflavolours userstyle, which also inverts your colors but leaves these things intact.
These aren’t the only ways to make your browser more night-friendly, of course. OS X users have a built-in shortcut for inverting the entire screen, and apps like F.lux will change the color temperature automatically based on the time of day, but this is a slightly more extreme solution for those of us with ultra sensitive eyes. If you have any of your own solutions for nighttime screen brightness, share them with us in the comments!