How to properly adjust monitor brightness and contrast?

How to properly adjust monitor brightness and contrast?

This days, it seems that I either go worse with my eyes or some settings with contrast and brightness have been changed.

However, I have been searching now for some tutorial on how to adjust contrast and brightness, and I have found already some, on how to use Microsoft Win7 Calibrate Display Color program, but some people don’t recommend it..

My monitor control menu shows settings (which are by default) that contrast is set to 80, brightness to 90 and sharpnes to 45, for which I belive are pretty dam high. I’m usually every day in front of my PC about 6-10h.The biggest problem is, when the night comes, and I have to read some word document, after a 10-15m of reading, eyes starts hurting.

I’m using ASUS VW198 and Nvidia 9800 GT graphic card.

So please suggest me, what should I decrease, contrast or brightness or both?

1 Answer

Realistically, you’re going to need something to calibrate your screens that isn’t susceptible to trickery like your eyes are.

I use ColorVision-Spyder2 for my non color critical work.Your monitor can drift over time, mine do, but having an instrument that can get it back to a “zero” position is very useful, and they’re pretty cheap (~50$).

As far as i searched the web for answers, i found out that using low brightness and high contrast is good thing to do.

The factory defaults on most monitors are meant to grab your attention on the store shelf, and are universally poor at accurate color reproduction.

I’ve found this Web page to be helpful in doing the most basic setup, which will get you about 80% of the way to a good monitor calibration:

If you want to get more precise than this, you will probably need a colorimeter and supporting calibration software. Unless you’re doing professional graphical production work, this is probably an unnecessary extravagance.

The biggest problem is, when the night comes, and I have to read some word document, after a 10-15m of reading, eyes starts hurting.

I have a similar issue. I find having some ambient light in the room — say, from a low-wattage desk lamp — helps enormously.

I didn’t like software solutions ‘cos (if I recall from ones I tried) when you close the software, or restart and the software hasn’t yet loaded, then the brightness BOOMS bright

Also, with software.. I tried dimmer and flux.. If I recall from when I tried them, they didn’t dim the taskbar, though was a while back. A thing over the screen that dims the light is far more reliable.

Your problem is more at night you say, so it’s the brightness of the screen really. Rather than contrast.

You can increase the light in your room during the night, and another thing you can do though is get a Vinyl sheet and even, specifically, a neutral density film, like from here

Here is an example of one, perhaps not placed completely against the screen but, an example. Half on the screen, Half off the screen, so you see the difference

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Screen settings are really a personal choice. To be easy on my eyes, I personally use contrast at 75 to 80% and luminosity at 20 to 25%.

This break colors, but I find this easier on the eyes. Keeping your work room well lighted is also helpful.

You can use F.lux as said by others to further reduce the screen aggressivity.

On Mac OS X, there is Shades that artificially darken the screen, but I found it more bothering than helpful.

I found a good. practical guide here, hope it helps anyone looking for similar stuff:

Adjust The Brightness And Contrast On Your Monitor For Healthy Eyes

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