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Initial post: Nov 22, 2011 4:59:13 AM PST
S. Placeway says:
Am I the only one who thinks that the screen brightness could go a little dimmer on the Fire? I like to read in bed. My wife is usually asleep so turning on a light is out of the question. Even with the screen brightness turned all the way down, it just isn't dim enough. When moving the brightness slider, it appears that the last 15% doesn't even effect the brightness.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 5:00:12 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 5:02:26 AM PST
hairballz says:
You DO know you can hit the little Aa thingee and change it to BLACK background, right? It's designed, I believe, as a "night version" - try it.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 5:03:26 AM PST
I agree and hope there will be an update to allow users to dim down the screen more. My eyes are killing me from how bright it is.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 5:05:34 AM PST
Perhaps your wife could wear eye covers as is often used in airplanes!!??

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 5:08:46 AM PST
Perhaps those offended by the luminous intensity of the Fire's display could wear sunglasses at night.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 5:09:09 AM PST
Cindy H. says:
S.Placeway, try hairballz advice on the screen color change, there is also one called 'sepia' that really helps with the brightness. I keep mine on the black background, it is entirely toooo bright, otherwise, for reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 5:34:11 AM PST
S. Placeway says:
Yeah, I currently use the sepia. The white on black seemed a little intense on my eyes, more so than the sepia. I know I'm being picky, but when the Fire was announced, I sold my K3 on eBay to beat the rush. In the interim, I used my HTC EVO phone to read in bed. The brightness on the EVO goes pretty dim (at least it does running Cyanogenmod7). What would be nice is to customize the screen colors of the Fire's Kindle reading app. I remember back in the day (no, I'm not that old), that the old dummy mainframe terminals used green on black. You may think it's ugly, but it was proven to be the least stressful on your eyes. I would like to be able to change the white on black screen to green on black. Let's make this happen... :)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 7:11:33 PM PST
I have the exact same quandary. I like to read with sepia in the dark because my husband goes to sleep and I like to read to bed, but the lowest brightness is too bright and it makes my eyes strain after a while. This may cause me to return my fire, unfortunately.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 9:47:29 AM PST
I recently had a NookColor that I lost so replaced with Fire. The screen brightness on that was perfect and much lower than Fire - I could easily read in bed and not disturb my husband or strain eyes. I sent a "feedback" note to Amazon to request an update but who knows of those things get to anyone. I too might return, I have a few more days to test before I need to decide.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 11:11:50 AM PST
Paul says:
I totally agree. Sepia helps, but not much. When I used the kindle app on my iPad, the background page color appeared to be more of a gray than a white. And it was great for night reading. Perhaps if they can't dial back the display brightness enough through software, they could give us gray paper as a 4th option.

Reading white on black is hard on my eyes.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 3:23:05 AM PST
Glad I found this thread. I currently own a Kindle Touch for which I purchased the Amazon Lighted Kindle Touch Cover. The light shines in my eyes, does not light the screen evenly and lights the room more than I had hoped for. The Lighted Cover is going back.... Last night, I tried a dim flashlight and very much enjoyed the nice, even illumination! My wife however, found that to be excessively bright.

Where the rambling leads is to the fact that I've been trying to decide if the Fire may be a better choice for reading in bed without bothering my wife? As an aside, my Touch has touch problems that led to a conversation with one of the Kindle Support people - he said that he prefers his Fire for reading in bed to an e-ink with a light.

I've tried looking through multiple Fire reviews for mention of minimum screen brightness and all I've found is some minor complaining about maximum brightness not being bright enough - not much use to this conversation.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 3:41:05 AM PST
Jeremy says:
Yeah, the last part of the slider doesn't do anything past a certain point. Hopefully it's a bug and once fixed will make the screen dimmer. I did notice when I side loaded the Nook app to try it out that it's built in brightness slider seems to make the screen much dimmer when you use it but when you exit the settings don't stick.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 7:55:25 AM PST
Personally, I'm still up in the air deciding between which is better... an e-ink reader with a light or the Fire. I use the sepia setting on the Fire when reading at night and found that its a bit more mellow. I switch back to black on white during the day. I also, like someone else said, dislike the white on black scheme.

I'm not discounting the OP's concern, because I can understand his issue, but I agree that I've seen a lot more people concerned about the Fire not being bright enough than not being able to be set dim enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 8:09:21 AM PST
eInk is always the better reading environment IMO..

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 11:33:05 AM PST
I need low brightness to help avoid migraines. The eInk has been an absolute lifesaver for reading, but I am excited to have a Kindle Fire for other forms of entertainment. There are a couple of apps I use to decrease the brightness on my Android phone beyond what the regular settings permit, but I haven't found anything for the Fire. I'll try changing the background color as suggested, but I hope there are other improvements in the works!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 11:34:56 AM PST
**Meya** says:
I think someone mentioned an app to help with the brightness...I'll see if I can find the thread/post.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 11:38:19 AM PST
Paul says:
Please let us know if you find such an app! This brightness issue is my #1 complaint with the Fire.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 10:33:47 PM PST
The other day, I was lurking about the internet and found myself on an e-reader forum and they were talking about that sort of app. Screen Filter was the app they were discussing.

For me, I think the best answer is to keep the Touch, suffer with the odd behavior of the touch input (hopefully, Amazon will release software that makes it function better) and then re-visit the 7 inch tablet size when Amazon brings our their next generation, Apple has a smaller iPad and/or there are Windows 8 tablet options. I think $100 toward one of those options while keeping an e-ink display reader may be a compromise that works (I hope).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 2:32:49 AM PST
C. Scilley says:
If you read with black background and white letters, it will not be so bright.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 3:37:47 AM PST
I had the same problem, the last 25% of the slider did nothing. On my galaxy tab it reduces all the way to dim. CS suggested I restore to FD. I did before returning it same problem with bright adjustment. I no longer have a fire.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:24:28 AM PST
J. Mack says:
Yes, I agree it's too bright for night (total darkness) reading. The 'night mode' is too bright, too, which defeats the purpose of it - you might try night mode and hate it, but if it can go dimmer, night mode is actually really easy on the eyes - but not as-is on the Kindle Fire - TOO BRIGHT!!!

There is an app you can side load called 'screen filter' ... google 'screen filter apk' and download that. Then put the app (found in app store) 'ES File Explorer' on your Fire.

Once that is installed, open your folder containing your screen filter apk file and plug your fire into your computer and 'open' that, too. You'll see a folder called 'download' and drag the apk file into that folder.

Then just unplug your Fire, open up your 'ES File Explorer' app and click on the 'download' folder and you will see the 'screen filter' inside. Click on it.

Then if you've never side-loaded an app you'll get a popup that will say "Application Install Blocked" ... hit "Settings"

That will take you to 'settings' and ou can move the on/off switch after "Allow Installation of Applications" to "ON" - you'll get a warning and click "OK".

Then hit the 'back' arrow on the bottom, which will take you back into the download folder. Click on "Screen Filter" again. That will bring up another page and on the bottom click on "Install"

Now it's there and put it into your Favorites, because every time you want to dim your screen, you just click on this app. When you want to stop Screen Filter, click on the app again. Clicking on the app doesn't take you "INTO" anything - it's more an on/off switch.

However, I still wish Amazon would add a second brightness slider in the reading app and/or increase the main slider's range (on the dim side).

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:41:16 AM PST
TexasNancy says:
Send feedback directly to Amazon from the fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 9:01:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2011 9:03:47 AM PST
Paul says:
Thank you, J. Mack!

Screen Filter works great for me. My install process was a bit different and easier, but perhaps it had to do with where I downloaded it from, or perhaps I had a different version (mine is 1.2). Here's what I did:

1. Go to Settings>Device and set Allow Installation of Applications to "On"

2. Went here to download:
(let me know if I shouldn't post that link) Followed link from their page to download it.

3. Received notification of completed download in Notifications (upper left of screen)

4. Click upper left corner of screen to bring up Notifications, then click directly on the Screen Filter notification

5. Installer ran, and I clicked install. It installed, I clicked Open, and the screen dimmed!

6. Done! Didn't need ES File Explorer, though opening it verified that file had indeed gone to Download folder

It works exactly as you described - as an On/Off switch. Click the app once to dim, a second time to return to full brightness.

Then I discovered another feature. When you launch it and the screen dims, you get a notification in the upper left of screen showing the percentage that the screen is dimmed. Click on that, and it brings up a slider control that allows you to adjust the default dimming of Screen Filter.

Thanks so much for the tip (@ Brian as well) and for the instructions!

I still hope Amazon does something about this, but in the meantime it's a great solution to have. One of the main reasons I bought the Fire was for reading short periods in bed without having to deal with a light on my Touch. Now I'll be able to do that more comfortably.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 11:04:41 AM PST
S. Placeway says:
Awesome. That's exactly what I needed. Works great.
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