The little app that reduces eye strain and helps you sleep

People used to write on paper; perhaps with the warm glow of a twenty-five watt bulb for illumination. Nowadays, we sit in front of a computer monitor; its harsh blue light blasting into our eyes. Wouldn't you prefer to write by candlelight?

Using Candlelight is a treat. Not only does it help reduce eye strain, it also does something magic. It helps you focus on the most important thing: the words on the screen.

By reducing the amount of blue and green light emitted by your monitor, Candlelight basks your eyes in amber rays.

Switch the room light off. Turn Candlelight on. Whether reading or writing, you'll enjoy using Candlelight. Perhaps it will be the most important writing tool you buy this year.

Oh, and it also helps you…

Sleep well

Do you spend all night at your computer; working, writing, reading? Do you find it hard to sleep afterwards?

There may be a connection. You see, it's all to do with light and chemistry.

Your body produces a chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is important because it helps you fall asleep. Normally, you produce more melatonin at night because sunlight suppresses its production during the day.

The trouble is, in this electronic world, we are surrounded by a multitude of light sources that mimic sunlight. In particular, modern lightbulbs and computer displays throw out enough blue light to fool our bodies into thinking that it's daytime; even if it's three o'clock in the morning. If you use a computer late at night, nighttime production of melatonin can be suppressed and you may find your sleep quality suffers.

Many people have found that wearing orange tinted glasses after dark improves their sleep. But what if you don't have a pair of orange tinted glasses?

Never fear. Candlelight is here to help. Candlelight mimics the orange glasses effect. By careful application of computer magic, the Candlelight app reduces the blue component of your Mac's display, leaving only the warm amber glow of 'candlelight'.

If you're at your Mac well past the witching hour, you may find that using Candlelight leads to a better night's sleep.

Get Candlelight

Candlelight is available on the Mac App Store.

System Requirements:


Candlelight not working?

Have you noticed the icon? When Candlelight launches, its icon should appear on the status bar (at the top right of the screen). Clicking on this icon will reveal the app's menu. 'Turn Candlelight On' is the second option.

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