By blurring the margins of a surface, both its brightness and the perceived contrast against a superimposed figure with sharp boundaries increase. Also, if one approaches a blurred white spot on a grey background, this spot will appear wider and brighter: this phenomenon is known as the Breathing Light Illusion (BLI) (Gori and Stubbs, 2006 Perception 35 1573-1577). We studied the increment of the achromatic contrast of a grey sharp-boundary disk when it was superimposed on the BLI. This augmentation of the perceived contrast in the dynamic presenta-tion of the BLI was significantly stronger than the effect that Agostini and Galmonte (2002a Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 9 264-269) obtained in static presentation. Our study leads to an indirect quantification of the BLI. These results argue for a causal relationship between the increase in brightness due to the BLI and the darkening of the superimposed disk.