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If you are looking to save money and go the easiest route, I would purchase a sleep mask. Years ago I worked the night shift for a few years and couldn't find any curtain that would truly make it seem like "night time". This is the only thing that worked for me. It may take a few nights to get adjusted but there are so many out there, that I am sure you ...


When I was a kid there was a bad heat wave and we used aluminum foil on the windows to keep the sun out. I don't know exactly what you mean by "do anything to my windows" but with a few cents worth of foil, you can make sure no light gets through.


If you have a smooth, cylindrical drinking glass made of clear glass, you could fill it with water and allow the convex shape of the glass to magnify the object behind it. Alternately, if you have a clear plastic 2 liter bottle, you can cut off the top part that is rounded, and fill it with water and look down through the water. (


An also very easy, cheap and quick solution could be using aluminium foil. Just stick it in front of your windows and your room should be blacked out perfectly!


There are large paper blackout shades (see example on Amazon) that block out all the light on the window's I've used them on. They are a bit like giant sticky notes, with a sticky end that attached to the ceiling or window frame. During the day, when you want light, you use small plastic clips to gather up the extra paper material which lets light in. They ...


If the reason you are having trouble reading the small type is because you are farsighted/nearsighted, or because it is dark (causing your pupils to dilate and your vision to get fuzzier) you may find it useful to use a pinhole lens. Make a pinhole in a piece of paper or some other thin object, using a pin, safety pin, or the tip of a knife, and then hold ...


I'd invert the problem and ask if you'd be comfortable wearing a sleep mask such as the ones airlines give you. I'm guessing even premium versions of these are less expensive than any blackout shades or curtains you'd find. Obviously I know nothing about your specific sleep sensitivity, but I've found I sleep like a baby in an earthquake when I wear ear ...


I know these two tricks - one of them to cover any light, and the other to turn off the motherboard lights, specifically. Nail Polish Yes, nail polish. Just grab one with a dark color (black, deep blue, or alike), and put a little over the LED... That will probably dim the light a bit, but if you keep adding layers over layers of nail polish, you can ...


I had an eye surgery a while back and needed to black out a room under similar conditions. Though in my case it was the morning sun I was trying to black out. I have tried 2 methods. Foil/Paper Do you care if its visible from the outside? I used tin foil taped directly on the window. Blacked out completely. However, people will notice the crazy person ...


Roller shades, the ones that are thick. Some shades outer sides are reflective even. I have one of those. When it is down, no light gets in. The sun can even shine directly at it and nothing. Make sure you pick the one, that doesn't let light come through.


Use E-book. While costly, this is by far the simplest solution. E-book media can generate enough light for you to read, but be dim enough for your wife to not be disturbed. This also allows you to control where light goes(you can turn screen back from her), as well as read book without generating too much noise(touch screen is silent, paper isn't).


Use double layer of black garbage bags I have used double layer of black garbage bags in the past. I've fixed the bags with black tape that doesn't stick much to avoid leaving marks. However, over time with many season change, this tape unglued by itself. I guess paint tape would be better for this, but I'm not sure it would not unglue over long period of ...


Something I found out the hard way is that a layer of super glue significantly dims the brightness of the LEDs. While it won't remove the light completely, it will dim it a lot, and you could apply tape (duct or electrical tape would work the best) to completely eliminate the rest of the light. Bear in mind that super gluing will be permanent and it will ...


As long as you can't block the major light sources easily, then you need a Monitor filter (wikipedia), which has anti glare or anti reflex/reflective behaviour. These can be bought commercially for at somewhat steep prices, or different DIY solutions available at cheaper prices. Do a google search for anti reflex screen to get you started, which reveals ...


You can use one of these light-switch guards designed to cover the switch while still allowing deliberate access: Ironically, these are commonly called "child-proof switches"… although I'll leave any workplace jabs about that to you. Product Search: Child-Proof Light Switches


I have stumbled upon this issue myself. I think a book light will suite your purposes. It's a small LED lamp that you clip onto your book and in most cases can be adjusted so that it points to the pages of the book without lighting up the whole room.


Dirt cheap solution: Get a roll of black garbage bags and sew them onto the back of your curtains. If it'd get too hot in direct sunlight, try a layer of aluminum foil on top. Or save some pizza boxes, cut & tape them to your window size and place or tape them there. Easily removable.


I use only one eye. I get up, walk to the bathroom, close an eye, turn on the light, and switch eyes when the lights are off and I am walking back to my room. I read this somewhere (I think a magazine), I didn't make it up :)


Sleep mask Yes, sleep mask is best (economic and effective). Canopy If you find sleeping mask uncomfortable, try to build a canopy (DIY will be economic) as seen in below image. DIY cost may vary between $50 - $200, while readymade will cost >$200


Two immediate thoughts comes to mind: 1) Move the equipment out of the room, 2) Improve on your dimming idea. Assuming it's not an option to move the equipment out of the room, I'll suggest some other options to dim the lights. Use thicker not so semi-transparent tape – Depending on whether you at any time need to see the lights or not, you could opt for ...


Two ideas spring into mind, so I have to make two answers to this one: Remote control Today there exists loads of remote controlling actions in the shops, just try searching for remote control light switch or remote control light bulb or variations over these terms. Tons of solutions will be given to remote control to switch either the switch or the bulb. ...


Put your Hands in front of your eyes before going in the dark room , your eyes will adjust much faster because it's darker than in the room. Or maybe try a flashlight with redlight, eyes don't react to red light, so they don't need to adjust, but you can see everything.


Tell your employer they are likely breaking health and safety rules regarding screen glare and need to do something about it, ideally a blind on the window would be the best (as then you can also adjust it as needed).


Build a frame from some lengths of wood, to fit in the window opening. Cover with a few sheets of paper, or some plywood. Maybe some rubber foam around the edges to close any remaining gaps. Add two handles to make it easy to move this frame. Insert at night, remove in the morning. It's a bit more effort to build, but it's much faster to remove in the ...


If you want all the light-blocking of tin foil, and all of the subtlety of not having a shiny surface behind your window, consider "blackfoil" or "cinefoil." It's essentially aluminum foil, but with a matte black surface. It's generally used in theater lighting to block stray beams which might otherwise be escaping from the stage lights (or similar uses). On ...


Easiest way to "block" the lights is to disable them. Just cut one of the wires leading away from each LED (keep reading). Unless one has plans to get real fancy later on, it doesn't matter which one; just one leading away from each LED> Some wires are connected to the motherboard in a way they can be pulled and put back using a sharp nosed pliers... no ...


Use a headlamp. Many headlamps come with dim light and red light settings, which you can use to make the light less bothersome for your wife. [Note: I am not recommending this specific product, just using this one as an example.]


This sounds bizarre, but can you tilt your monitor down a bit? It should then reflect more of the floor and your lap, and you wouldn't see the sunshine in it. (It may become difficult to read, though.)


You can knit a privacy sock. The one in the image is for a laptop, but I'm sure the design can be adapted. It's a sock that covers your head and your monitor, so no one can see your display but you. A side effect is that no significant lighting reaches your monitor.


SIMPLE, EASY, FAST, CHEAP, NEAT, REMOVABLE (but leave 'em on) Get a roll of Black Plastic Electrical tape and cut squares to cover the indicator lights.

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