At least for me, the GUI brightness controls only allow the brightness to be dimmed so far.
$ cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness 618
By editing that file, you can bring it down further.
echo "1" | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness
For me, the value
0 works fine as well, but it doesn’t appear to be any different than
1, and I get this weird feeling that some XFCE is going decide to black out the screen on
0 someday so I just play it safe with