Cinema Mode for your browser

by Emily on May 13, 2013

in Articles, Browsers

turnoffthelights-atomospherelightingInternet is the most used tool for all computer users, but one of the problems with online videos sites such as YouTube is there is a lot of distraction right and under the video player. And that in addition you want to watch only the video on that page. Turn Off the Lights is a free extension for all browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE and Maxthon) that can be used to make it easier to focus on videos and making for a more pleasant viewing experience for the internet users.

The extension work for all most popular web browser, and darken the entire screen around the video and leave your video lit up. With one simple click on the lamp icon in the toolbar. It’s just like in the real theater in the city. They dim also the lights when the movie going to begin.

Of course there is a range of customization options. You can set the YouTube to play direct the 1080p HD version of the video, automatically darken whenever the play button is hit on a video or start the video on the large mode. If you think the screen is not dark enough, you can increase/decrease the opacity level and even change the black layer color to example green.

I will here describe three features of the Turn Off the Lights browser extension:

Atmosphere lighting

If you want to concentrate more on video player, then you can highlight the video using a custom color around the player. You can choose one solid or multiple colors for each side.

Dynamic Background

Want to see your video with a space or cloud background; it’s possible with this feature. Default is it disable because according to Developer Stefan Van Damme, purpose is to focus the video player with no distraction for the video watcher. But it’s handy to have this good option to make your own cinema stars wall.

Eye Protection

One of the new and good feature is the Eye Protection, this feature will dim the lights on all open tabs in your browser. So you can browse the web at night. You can enable/disable it with the shortcut key alt+F10. And if you enable the option to click through the page in the Turn Off the Lights option page, it will not undim the page when you click on a link or image.


If you have found that web pages make it too difficult to concentrate on the content you want to see, this is an excellent extension that does its job amazingly well.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Raj kumar May 13, 2013 at 13:13

Wow! this is something great dude. I liked this informative post. Thanks for sharing.

Amar Ilindra May 13, 2013 at 13:22

I heard about this few months back somewhere and now i came to know the name of the extension. I even tried one of them on my chrome and felt filmy look.

Keep sharing such useful stuff

Jenifer May 13, 2013 at 17:18

Realy good feature, i’m most like Eye Protection

Ludwig Ericsson May 15, 2013 at 23:44

I usually get distracted by banners and stuff when I watch Youtube videos. This extension works great in my Firefox browser, thanks for the tips and share.

Ari Chatz May 17, 2013 at 18:21

Install Adblock if you haven’t already done so. Not sure if I could handle Youtube without it.

Priveyo May 18, 2013 at 04:08

Thanks for sharing this, similar to this one is evernote clearly a free app from evernote. If you like reading a blog and can’t concentrate on ads and links. Evernote clearly gives you a clean version of the post you are reading, free from ads and annoying links on the sidebar.


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