f.lux and Redshift are the two major players for making your laptop screen turn red. I had f.lux working on Linux Mint but recently upgraded to Linux Mint 18 and it stopped working. I cannot get the applet to show so I cannot turn f.lux on or off.
My workaround was to install Redshift. It does not have a GUI, so it is even less customizable, but at least you get a red screen. It can easily be installed from the Software Manager and you need three packages to get it to work. The Goeclue2 is needed or Redshift will not start!
If you know how to get f.lux to start on Linux Mint, let me know!!