For about as along as I have been using terminals I have had them set to a dark theme, for a while at the beginning I had my terminal set up to be green text on a black background. I might have been the l33test mutherfucker around.
! Zenburn theme ! black + red urxvt*color0: #101010 urxvt*color1: #705050 ! green + yellow urxvt*color2: #60b48a urxvt*color3: #f0dfaf ! blue + purple urxvt*color4: #506070 urxvt*color5: #dc8cc3 ! cyan + white urxvt*color6: #8cd0d3 urxvt*color7: #dcdccc ! bright-black + bright-red urxvt*color8: #000000 urxvt*color9: #dca3a3 ! bright-green + bright-yellow urxvt*color10: #c3bf9f urxvt*color11: #f0dfaf ! bright-blue + bright-purple urxvt*color12: #94bff3 urxvt*color13: #ec93d3 ! bright-cyan + bright-white urxvt*color14: #93e0e3 urxvt*color15: #ffffff
I moved to Zenburn from the unreasonably popular solarized at some point last year. When I moved I went through a few themes trying things out. I found that .Xresources supports cpp macros making it easy to swap themes.
!.Xresources urxvt*scrollBar: false urxvt*matcher.button: 1 urxvt.transparent: false urxvt*allow_bold: true Xft*dpi: 96 Xft*antialias: true Xft*hinting: full URxvt*geometry: 85x16 URxvt*fading: 0 URxvt*tintColor: #ffffff URxvt*shading: 0 URxvt*inheritPixmap: False #include ".papercolour" URxvt.urlLauncher: firefox URxvt.matcher.button: 1 URxvt*font: xft:Source Code Pro:size=8
I tried to work outside quite a few times last year. Dark themes for terminals are really hard to see in bright sunlight. For some reason yeahconsole doesn't like the way I include themes and stayed with a default light theme. The light theme is really easy to see in sunlight. The contrast in readability made me really question using a dark theme at all.
At camp last year most of the daylight hours I spent on my laptop were inside our super tent, direct sunlight made my screen hard to read and the sun seems to melt my skin. My dark theme was okay to read in the tent, but it was no good outside, with the sun melting I just hid away until it was night time.
The sun being bad, I am grateful I live in Scotland, we don't have to put up with the sun very often(this is a joke, it is always fucking sunny, I want a refund).
When the sun isn't around I do quite like to sit in darkened rooms when I am hacking. If you too are a vampire you might have noticing the eyeball explosion that happens when you switch from your friendly terminal to the light explosion that is a web browser. Pretty much every web page has a light theme, I actually dislike dark themed web pages, I always think the designer is being up front with how much of a douchebag they are.
Anyway, this is a lot of words for "I have moved to a light theme"
! PaperColour Theme URxvt.foreground: #4D4D4C URxvt.background: #EEEEEE ! black URxvt.color0: #EDEDED URxvt.color8: #969694 ! red URxvt.color1: #D7005F URxvt.color9: #D7005F ! green URxvt.color2: #718C00 URxvt.color10: #718C00 ! yellow / orange URxvt.color3: #D75F00 URxvt.color11: #D75F00 ! blue URxvt.color4: #4271AE URxvt.color12: #4271AE ! magenta URxvt.color5: #8959A8 URxvt.color13: #8959A8 ! cyan URxvt.color6: #3E999F URxvt.color14: #3E999F ! white URxvt.color7: #4D4D4C URxvt.color15: #F5F5F5