Turn Off the Lights (extension)

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Turn Off the Lights
Original author(s) Stefan Van Damme
Developer(s) Stefan Van Damme
Initial release December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15)
Stable release Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, Yandex Browser 3.1, & Maxthon
Development status In development
Written in JavaScript, XUL, XML, HTML, CSS
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Yandex Browser, & Maxthon
Size 965kb
Available in Multilingual
Type Browser extension, Windows Store App and Windows Phone
License GPLv2
Website https://www.turnoffthelights.com

Turn Off the Lights is a free browser extension developed by Stefan vd. It is available as a plugin for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Maxthon and Yandex Browser. There is also a Turn Off the Lights bookmarklet for other browsers. It has over one hundred and fifty thousand downloads per week and more than 2 million users as of 1 September 2012.[1]


Turn Off the Lights is a browser extension that lets users obscure everything on their screen except the Flash or HTML5 video they're watching, minimizing distractions and making for a more pleasant viewing experience for the internet users.

A lamp icon is displayed in the browser menu bar when a video is detected, and users click on the gray lamp icon to make the screen surrounding the video fade. Clicking outside the video restores the rest of the screen. Users can adjust the opacity of the screen blocking and select a color other than black if desired.[2] The extension can also be set to dim the screen automatically, and there are a variety of YouTube-specific features as well to bring an object to front. A keyboard shortcut gives users quick access to the program's services [3]


  • Color & Image & Blur
  • AutoPlay (HTML5 & YouTube)
  • AutoStop (HTML5 & YouTube)
  • AutoHD YouTube
  • Atmosphere Lighting
  • Dynamic Background
  • Fade Effects
  • Flash Detection
  • Eye Protection
  • Custom Mouse
  • Night Mode
  • Camera Motion
  • Speech Recognition

Languages available[edit]

Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English, Français, Nederlands, Türkçe, dansk, español, hrvatski, italiano, magyar, polski, português (Brasil), português (Portugal), română, slovenský, suomi, svenska, čeština, Ελληνικά, Српски, български, русский, українська, עברית, తెలుగు, 中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), 日本語, 한국어


Turn Off the Lights has a 4.76-star rating at the Chrome extension web site with over 7458 reviews,[4] and it has been featured on Google Blog,[5] Lifehacker,[6] MacLife,[7] CNET,[8] and New York Times.[9]

Windows Store App[edit]

Also the Turn Off the Lights release a Windows Store app [10] for Windows RT users. It has the same concept as the browser extension.

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