POLL: How bright do you keep your display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by robotkiller, Dec 5, 2009.

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How bright?

  1. MIN

    3 vote(s)
    4.4%
  2. -3

    4 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. -2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. -1

    8 vote(s)
    11.8%
  5. -Middle-

    14 vote(s)
    20.6%
  6. +3

    2 vote(s)
    2.9%
  7. +2

    7 vote(s)
    10.3%
  8. +1

    3 vote(s)
    4.4%
  9. MAX

    27 vote(s)
    39.7%
  1. robotkiller macrumors 6502

    robotkiller

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    #1
    This is stupid poll, but I'm just curious. The full brightness setting is like a nuclear explosion and practically burns my retinas. I'm curious if anyone uses it at that level.

    Oddly enough, I did for the first couple of days without realizing how insanely bright it is.

    For the record, I run it -1

    EDIT: Just realized I should have put an "other" option and reversed the positive side of the poll. My bad
     
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    #2
    In general I keep my 30" Cinema (which is a little brighter than all iMac displays) at 100% cause my office has very large windows.

    At nighttimes I regulate it down to half it's brightness.
     
  3. jonwd7 macrumors member

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    #3
    If my room light is on, anywhere from 80-100%. If not, between 60-80%. Just depends on what I'm doing.

    By the way, the screen on this 27" still uses an incredible amount of energy.

    Idle, screen off: 40W
    Idle, fully dimmed: 56W
    Idle, fully bright: 146W

    So that's 90W between 0% and 100% brightness! Fully off is an extra 16W less. My numbers also include a 2TB Caviar Green in an external enclosure, but I didn't feel like forcing it to spin down to take the numbers. (I'm reading from my PSU display to get the Wattage)

    Nuclear explosion indeed. =p

    Oh also, I have my fans nudged up from default, I doubt that makes a large impact on the Wattage either. I felt that I'd rather have a cooler, louder iMac than an overheated one. Funny thing is I still can't hear it. :)
     
  4. robotkiller thread starter macrumors 6502

    robotkiller

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    #4
    Regarding energy consumption: I believe it. I cranked the display to max in a dark room last night -- the screen lit it up like a 100W lightbulb. It's obnoxiously bright.
     
  5. 53x12 macrumors 68000

    53x12

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    #5
    Yeah I get the same numbers:

    Idle, fully dimmed= 53W
    Idle, half-brightness= 83W
    Idle, fully bright= 143W
     
  6. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

    MultiFinder17

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    Tampa, Florida
    #6
    I have a 20" Cinema Display and a 19" Samsung SyncMaster 172N hooked up to my mini, and I keep both of them at around half brightness. On my MacBook Air, since the screen on that thing is amazingly bright, I usually keep it on half at max, and normally 1/4.
     
  7. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    #7
    I have a 23" Apple Cinema Display HD and I keep it at 25%. If it's a bright day it might get pushed up to 50%.

    Back in March I purchased one of the new 24" iMacs and had to return it after a couple days - in part because I could not turn the brightness down by any meaningful amount. The default setting was 'surface of the sun' and I could only turn it down to about 95% of that. My eyes had had enough after a few hours.

    A.
     
  8. sharkync macrumors regular

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    Location:
    Raleigh
    #8
    On my iMac fairly low - on my MacBook usually three clicks down.
     
  9. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

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    vienna / austria
    #9
    + shades at 30 - 60% .. (imac 24"), soon 27" i7.
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Finland
    #10
    I keep mine at half brightness because my room is usually quite dark especially now because there is no sun shining due season and I get headaches if I have it at full brightness
     
  11. Trek2100 macrumors 6502a

    Trek2100

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    Location:
    Catonsville, MD
    #11
    I keep mine a little above half brightness. I'm in a darker area and after a while in full brightness my eyes begin to blur and I start to get a headache.:(
     

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