So just to try it, and so far I like it, I made a solid black jpg on Photoshop and put that as the desktop pic on both my 2 monitors. I hid the hard drives, and made the icon for Firefox black and put it in the lower left corner so the title is below the screen; you can't tell it's there. I've killed the dock.
In other words, both screens are totally black, the one on the left has the menu bar at the top, which actually might go north and disappear with the screen size controls on the monitor itself.
Way easier on the eyes.
So here's the question: These are Sony Trintron CRT's, SVGA's you have trouble giving away.
Since it's roots are Edison's tubes and tubes use a fair amount of juice, do the monitors use less electricity when the screens are black?
A 60w bulb uses more electricity than a 25w, and it's brighter. For sure the guts electronics, power supply and such are still working, but wouldn't the analog screen be a major amp suck?
On the other hand, as I type this, the left screen is white, and the right one is black, and they feel roughly the same temp, both pretty cool.
Was just wondering what you guys thought.