Turn Off the Lights (extension)

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Turn Off the Lights
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Original author(s)Stefan Van Damme
Developer(s)Stefan Van Damme
Initial releaseDecember 15, 2009 (2009-12-15)
Stable release / February 8, 2020
Written inJavaScript, XUL, XML, HTML, CSS, Swift
PlatformGoogle Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, Yandex Browser, Maxthon, Brave, Vivaldi, UC Browser
Size5.45 MiB
Available in54 languages[1]
List of languages
Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Deutsch, English, English (UK), English (United States), Filipino, French, Swahili, Dutch, Norsk, Vietnamese, Turkish, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Slovak, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish, Czech, Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hebrew, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Thai, Amharic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Arabic, Japanese, Korean
TypeCosmetic software

Turn Off the Lights is a browser extension developed by Stefan Van Damme that lets users dim everything on their screen except the video they are watching.


A gray lamp icon is displayed in the browser menu bar when a video is detected; users click on the 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 the front. A keyboard shortcut gives users quick access to the program's services.


In 2017, Turn Off the Lights was awarded the "Bronze Award" and the "People's Lovie Awards" from Lovie Awards.[3] Turn Off the Lights was named the winner for Best Websites, Web Services and Applications in the 7th annual Lovie Awards.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Turn Off the Lights browser extension, see languages".
  2. ^ "The 'Turn Off the Lights' Extension Can Do Much More Than Darken Your Browser". Lifehacker.
  3. ^ "The Lovie Awards Winners Gallery". The Lovie Awards.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Turn Off the Lights Press Release". October 2017.

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