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Desktop Lighter

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 22 votes out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    120,590
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 30, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    810.42KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    417
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #16 in Video Drivers

Editors' Review

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Desktop Lighter offers users a way to quickly and easily adjust how brilliant their screen appears. The only concern is whether the majority of users will find a need for it.

This freeware program hides itself in the tray until you decide your computer needs an adjustment. Clicking on the program's icon brings up a simple purple and pink screen. So simple, in fact, the only variable on this control is a slider that moves up and down. As you click and drag this bar, a small window pops up to tell the user what percentage the display's brightness is at. Users need only to let go of the mouse button to maintain a selected level of brightness. There are a few added features to this easy-to-use program. One is a hot-keys option that allows you to adjust the settings with the keyboard; another is a way to make the display larger.

Desktop Lighter is a fantastic option for those looking to quickly adjust their screen. This tray icon saves users the hassle of searching through their computer's control panel to make the adjustment, especially if they find themselves making constant changes. If you aren't one of these people, though, you may not need this application. We recommend this download to anyone who needs to adjust display brightness.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"it is average small and good software"

March 05, 2016  |  By Mustafa Bay

2016-03-05 18:51:26  |  By Mustafa Bay

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

it replaces windows bright control panel

Cons

Also As I say It is not bad but not perfect ,so good and no virus programme

Summary



Updated on Mar 5, 2016

good and average

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5 stars

"Very useful! TY author! You save my eyes!"

October 27, 2015  |  By FreeWebber

2015-10-27 17:15:00  |  By FreeWebber

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Very quick control

Cons

Not found yet!

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1 stars

"ACTS AS A TROJAN VIRUS PLEASE READ"

May 25, 2015  |  By BrandenSisler17

2015-05-25 01:28:09  |  By BrandenSisler17

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

NONE AT ALL

Cons

This program was confirmed by my security as a Trojan because of the behavior detection also when i continued t download it Windows 10 Tech Preview's Security blocked the program.

Summary

Please don't use this program im begging you.

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1 stars

"Does the job, but at a cost"

February 23, 2015  |  By longtalker

2015-02-23 10:00:38  |  By longtalker

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Does reduce monitor brightness, BUT SEE BELOW

Cons

as many other reviews say, this ****** app messes up your GFX colours. Everything looks like in WIndows 98 now, even with the app turned off.

Summary

What an imbecile of a developer to put out such an app, and what an inept editor at CNET to allow it on their website. I should have read the reviews before installing. No idea how to change my colours back to normal, as Nvidia settings show all is ok.

Updated on Feb 23, 2015

UPDATE: the only way to undo the harm that this idiotic app does is to use the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\CalibrateColor option in Windows 7.

Good luck fixing your computer, and SHAME SHAME SHAME to CNET and to this developer.

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3 stars

"Use only if you know how to reset your colors"

October 19, 2013  |  By lethalmud

2013-10-19 00:42:58  |  By lethalmud

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Convenient
I can tell by turning the screen towards the wall that the glare is a bit less

Cons

Like others said, it changes the colors, may or may not be easy to reverse

Summary

The negative reviews are kinda right, but it *does* take off some of the glare at night. Anyway, in my case, it seems like I'm able to get everything back to normal under "Graphics Properties" but ymmv. If your fn key brightness shortcut works then you don't have any reason to bother with this

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1 stars

"Permanently modifies your gamma - impossible to restore"

January 06, 2013  |  By life359

2013-01-06 14:00:48  |  By life359

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Hotkeys (only reason I tried it)

Cons

Permanently modifies your gamma settings
Shutting down, restarting, or uninstall does not revert changes

Summary

I signed up for a CNET account JUST to warn others before using this program. It permanently modifies your gamma and the changes cannot be easily reversed. I *think* I reverted them by using the NVIDIA control panel to modify the colour settings (changed from "Other applications control colour settings" to "Use NVIDIA settings").

It's ridiculous that the coders of this software didn't code it to revert the changes when the program is stopped or at least revert when you restart or uninstall the program.

DO NOT USE THIS GARBAGE APPLICATION. There are many other alternatives that do not PERMANENTLY modify your settings.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

November 08, 2012  |  By Wristbandlover

2012-11-08 18:05:43  |  By Wristbandlover

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Can't think of any

Cons

Slide bar made no difference on my laptop

Summary

Don't bother

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1 stars

"Ruins your color settings. Disgusting."

October 05, 2012  |  By JohnNathanShopper

2012-10-05 18:50:43  |  By JohnNathanShopper

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

None. There is nothing good about a program that irrevocably changes your color settings.

Cons

This widget changes the color settings on the computer--and I think it does it permanently.

Summary

If you haven't figured it out yet, Desktop Lighter changes the gamma, not the brightness. The brightness remains completely unchanged. That's false advertising.

That wouldn't be such a bad thing, if it didn't change the settings in a way that's irreversible to factory settings, and in a way that seems invisible to the regular graphics settings of Windows and the graphics card.

I don't know if I'll be able to get the laptop to look normal again.

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1 stars

"changes are not revertible"

July 29, 2012  |  By un1QuEUsername

2012-07-29 19:34:42  |  By un1QuEUsername

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

Changes screen colour (lightens colours to give you more WHITE on the screen)

Cons

changes are not revertible: even uninstalling does not set back your colour to the original settings. Also, the hint of a user here - to set the brightness back to 70% - does NOT revert to the former "normal" Clour setting.

When you Use this tool, you will get washed out colours you will NOT get rid of by closing or uninstalling this tool

Summary

do NOT install or use.

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1 stars

"Default is 70%"

November 13, 2011  |  By Valionis

2011-11-13 12:20:49  |  By Valionis

 |  Version: Desktop Lighter 1.4

Pros

May be right for some people.

Cons

This program isn't really brightening the pc, it just changes screen colors. Adds white or black color. The worst thing is - after you change the screen "brightness" with this program, that is, distort the colors, you can't set them back to default if you don't know what the settings were when you installed the program, even after uninstall or computer restart. Default "brightness""of this program is 70%.

Summary

Distorts screen colors.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4
Version 1.4 features: Remember Last Settings option; Large Brightness Fader option; Various small improvements and bug fixes.
General
Publisher DiMXSoft
Publisher web site http://www.dimxsoft.com
Release Date October 30, 2008
Date Added October 30, 2008
Version 1.4
Category
Category Drivers
Subcategory Video Drivers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 810.42KB
File Name DLighterSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 120,590
Downloads Last Week 417
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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