Light Switch: Black Out Everything Apart from Videos
Article by George Norman
On 27 Sep 2011
Sometimes all you want to do is watch a video in your browser and focus on the video and video alone. You don’t care for the text, you don’t care for the banners, you don’t care for the ads, you don’t care about anything but the video.

The Light Switch add-on for Mozilla’s Firefox browser seems to be based on that line of reasoning. What it does is it dims the lights in your browser’s window and lets you focus on the video. Or to put it in other words, it blacks out everything apart from the video you want to watch. Consequently you can focus on the video just like you wanted.


The Light Switch add-on is available for download free of charge on AMO ( here. After you install the add-on, the next time you visit a webpage that features a video, you will notice a light switch next to said video (in the top right hand corner of the video).

When you click the light switch, everything apart from the video will be blacked out. Click the light switch a second time, and everything returns to normal. It’s all pretty straightforward and you should not have any problems using the app.

The fact that you can change the way the browser looks and tweak what it can do is one of the great things about the Mozilla-developed Firefox browser. This is not to say that the browser isn’t great from the get go. It looks wonderful, it is fast, and offers tons of functionality by default. But sometimes default is not enough and this is where add-ons come in. They allow Firefox users to make their browser even more amazing, they allow Firefox users to customize the browser to fit their specific needs and wants.

Check out AMO ( to see what add-ons are available for the Firefox browser.

Tags: Light Switch, Mozilla, Firefox
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