LCD Backlight

Most drivers use the fbtft backlight support to control backlight. This is enabled if there is a 'led' gpio present.

These drivers will have backlight power control exposed in the sysfs filesystem.

# Turn off backlight
echo 1 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/*/bl_power
 
# Turn on backlight
echo 0 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/*/bl_power

Brightness is currently not supported (need a kernel PWM driver).

Give all users backlight control permissions

/etc/udev/rules.d/backlight-permissions.rules

SUBSYSTEM=="backlight",RUN+="/bin/chmod 666 /sys/class/backlight/%k/brightness /sys/class/backlight/%k/bl_power"

Backlight control outside of FBTFT

Wiring Pi can be used to dim the backlight.

sudo gpio mode 7 write
# Turn Off LCD backlight
sudo gpio write 7 0
# Turn On LCD backlight
sudo gpio write 7 1

References