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Control F.lux With Alfred

What It Is

F.lux is an Alfred workflow for controlling aspects of F.lux, an app that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day – warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Activating Color Effects and Disabling Flux

Activate the Workflow

The keyword trigger flux will bring up the list of available workflow options.

Activate Darkroom

The darkroom color effect makes your screen a crazy red with white and gray everything else. Try it out to experience it for yourself by selecting “Activate F.lux darkroom”.

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Activate Movie Mode

Movie mode disables F.lux for 2.5 hours. Do this by selecting “Activate F.lux movie mode”.

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Disable F.lux For One Hour

You can disable F.lux for one hour by selecting “Disable F.lux for one hour”.

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Disable F.lux Until Sunrise

Quickly disable F.lux until sunrise by selecting “Disable F.lux until sunrise”.

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Why Do You Want This?

In 2012, the American Medical Association's Council on Science and Public Health made this recommendation:

“Recognizes that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders, especially in children and adolescents. This effect can be minimized by using dim red lighting in the nighttime bedroom environment.”

Ever since installing F.lux on my computer, no matter how late into the night I work, once I leave my computer I have no trouble falling asleep.

Learn more about how to get healthy sleep from the Harvard Medical School Sleep and Health Education Program.

Download Link and Install Notes

Download the compiled workflow from Packal.

Visit the repository for the full source code at https://github.com/rdempsey/alfred-flux

Important Mac Preference Update

Because F.lux runs as a process, in order to use this workflow, you’ll need to allow Alfred to “control your computer” by going to: System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Accessibility, and selecting Alfred 2. Once you do that you'll be good to go!

Let Me Know How It Works For You

If you install and use it, please leave a comment below telling me about it. Thanks!

Comments

  1. F.lux has problems,and a time managing script won’t fix them.Try working on f.lux,and embed these options of yours there.Besides,f.lux can be disabled whenever we want to see a movie,or whenever in general.It is just a button.Why adding anyting else?

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