How to Make Your Computer Brighter Than the Maximum Brightness

By Jeff Slater

Most LCD computer monitors have a maximum brightness of around 300 nits (a nit is a unit developed to measure the intensity of visible light emitted from a display device), or 300 candelas per square meter. Higher-end LCDs are capable of 400 nits, however, this still may not be sufficient when working outdoors in direct sunlight conditions. Some professional-grade screens are capable of producing 1000 nits or more. Although it is impossible to physically go beyond the capabilities of your display, there are software tweaks available to vastly reduce dim areas that appear in certain applications or games.

Things You'll Need

  • Intel graphics accelerator chip

Step 1

Launch the main control panel for your graphics accelerator by right-clicking the manufacturer icon located on the taskbar, then select "Properties."

Step 2

Click on the "Video Settings" tab or button and then select the "Color Control" tab.

Step 3

Adjust the various slider bars to modify not only maximum contrast and brightness, but also color saturation and hue. This is especially usefull if your monitor has a specific tint, or tendency to lean toward a specific color.

Step 4

Click on the drop-down menu beside "Preset Profiles" (if equipped) and choose an option from the available list. For example, 'Brighten Movie" will automatically increase brightness when a movie is played. Click "OK" on the open display properties windows to save settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Steps are for Windows 7 users with Intel graphics accelerator chips. Instructions for other manufacturers may vary slightly.
  • Many media players and games have their own set of display options that will change your video settings for that particular program. This is useful for customizing specific applications with different brightness settings.
  • Running your monitor at 100 percent brightness will consume more energy and significantly shorten its lifespan.