The 'Turn Off the Lights' Extension Can Do Much More Than Darken Your Browser

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Chrome/Firefox: If you’ve used an internet browser at any level up to now eight years, you’ve certainly heard of the extension Turn Off the Lights (Chrome, Firefox). It’s the easiest way to routinely embiggen your YouTube movies while you begin watching and, in fact, dim your browser’s background for a prettier view (even in case you’re already utilizing YouTube’s darkish mode).

However, the extension can do a lot extra, and also you in all probability haven’t had an opportunity to mess around in its choices menu to find all of its prolonged capabilities. We don’t blame you; there’s rather a lot to take a look at, and that takes time away from all of the YouTube pets you can be watching. Here are among the extra superior tweaks that make Turn off the Lights actually shine:

Automatically cease (most) autoplaying movies

Buried across the center of Turn Off the Lights’ Basic settings web page is a piece referred to as AutoStop. It’s right here the place you’ll be able to inform the add-on that you really want it to stop movies from autoplaying at any time when attainable—overlaying them up with an enormous purple or clear banner that you just’ll then need to click on on to then play the video.

Boom. Autoplay BLOCKED.
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The AutoStop characteristic doesn’t work on each video participant across the internet, however I’ve discovered it does a reasonably good job at stopping most movies from blasting me with noise throughout my every day searching. I additionally admire that the app permits you to whitelist or blacklist websites—helpful in case you don’t thoughts autoplaying movies save for the very worst offenders, or in case you hate all autoplaying movies apart from these discovered on a tiny handful of websites.

Automatically make YouTube prettier for playback

Buried on the backside of Turn Off the Lights’ Basics settings menu are two of its most helpful options. If you’re an enormous YouTube fan, they’re as essential as its AutoStop performance. The first permits all YouTube movies you watch on the positioning to routinely broaden to “Theater mode,” a better-looking presentation that fills the highest half of your display screen together with your video.

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The second setting lets you decide a default decision for each YouTube video. If you’re rocking a stunning 4K show and have the bandwidth to assist it, defaulting to 2160p ensures that any 4K content material you pull up on YouTube will take full benefit of your monitor’s many pixels. And in case you’re on a crappy Internet connection and hate ready lengthy quantities of time on your YouTube movies to load, dialing again to a decrease decision, like 720p, may provide help to out.

Enable ambient lighting for HTML5 video gamers

I’ve at all times been a fan of bias lighting for televisions, regardless that it will possibly really feel a little bit gimmicky. If completed nicely—with no lag between what you’re seeing on the display screen and no matter lighting impact is going on behind your show—ambient lighting could make your viewing get together really feel extra immersive and enjoyable.

Even although the characteristic is a bit opposite to its identify, Turn Off the Lights additionally comes with an ambient lighting mode on your browser. Click on the Visual Effects possibility in its settings sidebar and click on on “Show you the ambiance lighting impact of the present taking part in video.”

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This subsequent step is essential. The extension defaults to a single, ugly coloration for ambient lighting—not precisely helpful or pretty. Instead, click on on the icon that appears like an LED lightbulb with a rainbow of coloration capturing out of the highest. In there, allow the choice to “Extract the colour from the video” and, in case your system doesn’t thoughts, crank up the frames-per-second of the “vivid ambiance results” to 30.

Now, while you go to play a video in an HTML5 participant—like everything on YouTube, for instance—you’ll get a beautiful glow round your video that matches no matter you’re watching. And if you wish to restrict the usage of ambient lighting to some web sites, you’ll be able to (once more) whitelist or blacklist websites for the characteristic by clicking on the highlight icon simply to the appropriate of the rainbow LED bulb in Turn Off the Lights’ “Visual Effects” settings.

Just a little gimmicky? Sure, however ambient lighting is a enjoyable impact however.
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Control video quantity simply by scrolling the mouse

If you wish to regulate a taking part in video’s quantity with out having to faucet on icons and fiddle with a participant’s quantity controls, click on on Advanced Options in Turn Off the Lights’ settings sidebar and scroll down till you see Video Volume Slider.

Enable this selection: “Control the amount of the present video participant with a mouse scroll.” I additionally suggest deciding on the “Only if the alt secret’s pressed” setting, simply so each flick of the mouse wheel or motion in your laptop computer’s touchpad doesn’t spin your quantity up and down. (That can get annoying.)

You also can change the place you need the amount stage indicator to look in a video, in addition to its coloration.
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Enable Night Mode for every part

If you just like the idea of Turn Off the Lights for video content material, the extension also can give any web site a pseudo-Night Mode. Click on the Night Mode possibility on the sidebar of the extension’s settings display screen and allow “Show the evening swap button under the net web page to make the web page darkish or mild.” Now, everytime you browse the net, you’ll see this little swap seem (by default) within the lower-left nook of your browser. Click it, and the web page’s colours will flip to a darker look:

You can, as at all times, set it up in order that Night Mode will solely activate on sure websites. You also can have the extension solely present the Night Mode swap in case you’re searching throughout a sure time interval—like at evening. You also can have the extension routinely activate Night Mode everytime you “dim the lights” utilizing its common icon in your browser.

Maybe keep away from webcam gestures and speech recognition

I admire that Turn Off the Lights’ builders wished to be thorough, so the extension additionally consists of two choices that allow you to dim the background of an internet site both by waving your hand in entrance of your webcam or by barking instructions at your desktop or laptop computer.

The former could be a little fussy. When I attempted it, it felt like web sites had been simply auto-dimming for no motive, as a result of the characteristic was apparently being triggered by all types of webcam motion past the add-on’s beneficial “transfer your hand from high to backside” gesture

As for the speech recognition half, I may by no means get that to work. And that’s wonderful, actually. I like having hands-free management over sensible residence units, however I truly assume it takes much less time to click on on an icon—or have the add-on’s dimming options kick in routinely while you begin taking part in a video—than to inform your PC to dim a webpage as a result of about to play a video.


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