Suggestions: Hue optimisations
First, f.lux seems to have trouble finding my bulbs. Most of the time, the lights don't response until I disable and enable "Control Philips Hue lights" again. Then it works, until I reboot my computer. What could cause it? I tried other hue controlling software, and they worked fine.
I have a Hue bulb placed behind my screen, which is far too bright when using it with f.lux during daytime. The brightness seems right for me when set to "Incandescent" or "Candle", though.
The color temperature seems off for me. Even with the f.lux' slider at full 9300K the bulb does not reach its coolest setting. Is this intentional or a bug? (WinHue shows you the current settings.) Philips' color temperature setting ranges from 2200K to 6500K, which f.lux should use within this range, I think. I'm using the color bulbs, which of course can go beyond that range by using Hue and Saturation.
Could you add a limiter for the brightness? And could you make the color temperature match the Philips specs? That would make it much more usable to me and probably many other users as well.
First the startup question- if your computer couldn't see the network on reboot, maybe it could fail (but otherwise I would expect this to work!) Does it work if you restart f.lux instead of turning the feature off and on?
We have some internal dimming options that we need to expose.
Also, we are indeed doing a "warmer light" transform that we also need to expose, so you can dial it back like you're suggesting. If you have mostly eye-level lights i think you'd want to dial it back to be closer to the screen colors, but for me, it was way too much with overhead (ceiling) lights, so that's why it's doing that.
Does it work if you restart f.lux instead of turning the feature off and on?
Yes, it works. If f.lux is just faster then the network, maybe there should be a delay you can set, and maybe a number of retries before it gives up.
but for me, it was way too much with overhead (ceiling) lights, so that's why it's doing that.
That's the problem, I think. Every user has a different setup, so more configurable options are needed to suit everyone.
Would it be possible to add a hue toggle in the notification area's menu? The way it is now, there are quite a few clicks to disable it temporarily. Sometimes, I just want other software to control my lights.