I'd like to make screen brightness lower on low battery. There's no such options in power settings. Alternatively, I may set the system to shut down in such situation, but that's undesired. Is there any kind of script or bash command that I could use to set lower screen brightness on low battery?

  • Which Desktop Environment do you use? – dr_ Jun 20 '19 at 8:05
  • Cinnamon desktop. – Dune Jun 20 '19 at 9:49
sudo apt-get install xbacklight

and give this a try


lowBatLevel=25 #battery percent considered low
desiredBrightness=25 #brightness level to lower to ( 0 to 100 )
batLevel=`upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0 | grep percentage | awk '{print $2}'  | sed 's/.$//'`
curBrightness=`xbacklight -get`

if    [ $curBrightness -gt $desiredBrightness ]  && [ $batLevel -le $lowBatLevel ]  ; then #change 25 to your desired battery % 
xbacklight -set $desiredBrightness

I'm not on a linux machine so I have not tested, let me know if you have any errors

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