CF.lumen adapts the colors on your Android device based on the position of the sun, or your custom configuration.
When using the default settings, your display will get a warmer tint (lower color temperature) when the sun is down, vastly reducing strain on the eyes. This will take some getting used to, though! The colors also match closer to common artificial light sources, than the daytime light you get from the sun. Blue light makes your brain want to stay awake, and a lower color temperatures reduces the amount of blue displayed; using this in the evening also reduces your brain's effort to keep you awake at night, and can be beneficial to your sleeping pattern. (For your laptop/computer, see find f.lux for this functionality)
During sleeping hours by default a red filter is used. Red strains your eyes the least, and retains your night vision.
The light sensor can be used to automagically adjust the color: switch to the sleep filter in full dark, or to the day filter (usually none) under bright lights.
Because light sensor quality varies wildly between devices, a calibration option is provided. Most devices seem to work fine with sliders set all the way to the left, others need them to be set all the way to the right. Experiment as needed, but be warned that some devices simply cannot distinguish between evening indoor lighting and full darkness, and this feature may thus not work well for you.
Several filters are provided. Those named after a color (red, green, blue, amber, salmon) do not limit the display to those colors, but convert the displayed image to grayscale first, then display that image in levels of the selected color, instead of levels of all channels (white). This preserves details that would otherwise be lost.
Grayscale, invert colors, temperature adjustment and custom R/G/B adjustment filters are also provided.
The master color filter setting also has an option for colorblindness enhancement, with settings for protanopia/anomaly, deuteranopia/anomaly and tritanopia/anomaly. These options redistribute colors across the spectrum, in theory enhancing clarity and color detail.
No claims are made to the effectiveness of these filters, but positive reports have been received from testers. Also note that these filters were thought up by Google engineers - CF.lumen just includes them.
Upgrading to CF.lumen Pro will support my developments, remove all nags, unlock the option to start at device boot (make sure you test your configuration first), and unlocks notification options. It also enabled Tasker integration.
In Pro mode, the notification adds convenient buttons to quickly disable the current filter or switch to sleep mode, and you can switch the notification to when enabled mode, which shows the notification only when a color filter is active.
In non-Pro mode, the notification only asks you to upgrade to Pro. It may seem that notification is just there to annoy you, but it actually prevents Android from randomly killing the background service taking care of all the work. Getting rid of it without getting the service killed can be done by going to Settings -> Apps -> CF.lumen and unticking Show notifications.
As in the past CF.lumen was part of Chainfire3D, if you have the Pro package of the latter installed, Pro mode will also be enabled.
When no color filter is active, there should not be any noticeable performance impact. When a filter is active, impact depends on device and what you are doing. On some devices we have tested there was no performance impact at all, on others it was slightly noticeable.
For CF.lumen to work, hardware compositing (not rendering!) has to be disabled, so the more surfaces that need to be rendered, the bigger the impact. As a result, even on devices where you do notice an impact, you're more likely to notice it in regular apps, and less likely to notice it when playing video or games, as the latter generally use only a single surface.
Nightmode - now called 'sleep mode' in CF.lumen - was actually the kick-off of Chainfire3D's development, and the later arrival of the original CF.lumen additionally containing the functionality to change color temperature based on the sun's position. Completely different (and no longer possible) techniques were used to get similar results. There were fewer options, and the filters limited display to the selected channels instead of the currently used much higher quality method of displaying luminance levels on the selected channel.
Keep in mind that Android's rendering system changes over time. This app was possible in the old days of Android, and then wasn't possible for a long time. Only with KitKat did it become possible to make this work again. As such, you should be aware that this app may simply stop working on future Android versions without the possibility of a fix.
By far most permissions are used only for Google Maps to set your location, and Google Play to provide for In-App Purchases. I cannot make any claims as to what information the Google components do or do not send to Google servers, but no information is sent to me or anyone else (than Google).
Get CF.lumen at Google Play
It needs Android 4.4 KitKat or newer!