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Do you prefer Light mode or Dark mode?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

In 2020, it almost feels like if there is not Light mode / Dark mode toggle somewhere in your product, it doesn't count.

Jokes aside, I like to browse web in Light mode cause it feels way more natural and code on Dark mode cause of greater contrast and I find it easier for eyes for longer periods of time.

What are your theme preferences when it comes to browsing and coding?

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Anderson Marlon

I have a preference to dev on dark mode, but on last days i can see that my eyes gonna be sleepy so much easily when i use dark mode.

Well, i switch sometimes to get a better performance and evite problems on my work.

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Aleph Yao

I don’t remember where I saw somebody saying “I don’t trust any developer using light mode....”🤣

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Madza Author

Hahaha, could it be the lady in Michael's shared pic in comments? 😂😂

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Zohar Peled

Dark mode everywhere, no doubt.

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vaclavhodek

I used to be on the light side, but a few years ago I started to enjoying the dark side... but not everywhere. I mostly used it for IDE, Slack, etc. - apps I spend a lot of time with.

Honestly, I also always consider the "quality". Some apps and webs look horrible in the dark version.

Having some apps in the dark mode and some in the light one helps me to quickly distinguish between them too.

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Clifton Long Jr.

Dark mode, for sure. I love how colors like pink or green really pop out on dark backgrounds. 🎨

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Madza Author

Must be a fan of Dracula theme, right? 🎨

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Chris Greening

Love Dracula theme <3

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Clifton Long Jr.

You better believe it! :D

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JoelBonetR

Dark of course, I don't want to burn my eyes down with too many direct light, i'm in front of a screen like 12 hours a day...

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Bobby Iliev

I have dark mode everywhere 👌

We recently added the option for dark mode on the devdojo.com site as well!

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Madza Author

Hahah, great to see you here, too! 😃👍

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Nagy Szabolcs

Using dark mode for aesthetics and because it feels easier on the eye. 😅Especially on desktop, since I have a pretty big monitor, and when all of it is white I can feel my eyes burning lol.
I often switch to the Spotify window cause even if I'm not looking at the monitor, it causes me headaches sometimes.

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mafflerbach

It depends, if i'am working outside and the sun in shining, i prefer light mode. In the evening i am using darkmode. In addition i am using redshift which adjust the color temprature based on the long and lat of your position.

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Loouis Low

I prefer a user interface has both light and dark modes. If the ambient light is too bright, the dark mode will have difficult to see.

I rarely design UI for websites, 95% of the time is for embedded applications. I usually will add an ambient light sensor and create both light and dark themes for that application.

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James Price

Dark for sure. Hours staring at a white screen kills my eyes. That said if I'm working outside (normally I don't but with this whole Covid thing, sometimes I do) it really needs to be a white background or I can't see anything.

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FJones

Almost always light mode. Contrast is much more important to me as far as eye strain is concerned, and light mode offers that. Dark mode is, in fact, far more exhausting for me to use.

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Madza Author

Do you prefer to code in light mode too?

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FJones

Aye. IntelliJ/PhpStorm/GoLand/DataGrip/PyCharm are all set to Light UI. A large part of it may be switching between the exclusively-Light design I'm working on (so switching between Light and Dark may be more frustrating), but even on dark-themed projects I prefer to code in Light.

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Interesting, a fine example that theme preferences are always individual 🎨
I tried to code once on a white theme and switched back like after half an hour 😉 I happy for you you found one that works for you, stick with that 🚀👍

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HeatherW

Late to the discussion but anyway. I use light mode everywhere. I am visually impaired and find the black text on white much better for reading, even more so if the font is small. I also always end up using really big font sizes in my code editor and my browser is set to a default zoom of 110%.
It is great to include dark more for those who prefer it but I have started coming across sites now that only have dark mode and I end up fiddling with the CSS to make things readable.

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Akhyr M

Since theres dark mode, i never really want to try light mode ever again.

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Aaron Gonzalez

Light themes work much better for me :D

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Hermes Caretta

if something doesn't have an dark mode, that thing sucks

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Eljay-Adobe

I prefer light mode. I also try not to set my monitor brightness "too high", or it makes my eyes tired over the course of the day.

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Theo Paris

In my opinion I prefer dark mode everywhere possible.

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peter279k

When I work at the office, I use the light mode.

When I go home, I use the dark mode.

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Jesse

Dark mode everything <3

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Justin Ho

I prefer contrast of dark mode!

I use the nord color scheme for almost everything haha

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Manav Misra

Dark mode 💯. Bright white on the screen makes me squint and doesn't seem that it's good for 👀. NS why that is usually the default for all the things.

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Sharan

Based on mood, time, etc.
On day time it is easy to use mobile phone in light theme, but coding always dark regardless of time.

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Takunda Madechangu

i find light mode is too bright for my eyes, so i like dark mode

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Benjamin Brizzi

I definitely prefer dark mode but sometimes it's added as an afterthought and the contrast is not good enough and some icons and graphics can look pretty bad (I'm looking at you Notion)

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MOHAMD DORRA

Until all applications support dark mode it is light mode my option. Switching from light to dark mode between applications is more harmful than staring at light mode.

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Igor Brussolo 🏳️‍🌈

Dark mode, no doubt. I usually work late at night and it's horrible to read posts in the light mode.

Embrace the darkness 🌚