Can the Thunderbolt Display be damaged by sunlight? Photo in thread.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jongstar, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. Jongstar macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2014
    So I have my Apple Thunderbolt Display set up on my desk where the sun hits the screen for an hour or two each day. I'm typically never around those hours the sun hits it.

    Until this week. I came home and saw this huge spot on my screen:

    It disappears shortly after the sun has stopped hitting the screen.

    Will this exposure damage my screen? Unfortunately it's pretty much the only spot I can place the monitor, due to glare issues etc.

    Thanks for any insights.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    That's not some kind of -reflection-?

    Look at the wall behind the monitor, it's there, too.
  3. Jongstar thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2014
    No what you see on the wall is the actual sunlight.

    It definitely isn't a reflection. There's a sort of dampness that occurs between the different screen layers, and it stays there for quite a while after the sun has hit it.
  4. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2010
    Colorado Springs, CO
    If the sun is causing the screen/glass to heat up enough that there is condensation forming under the glass, then yes it can damage the screen or computer eventually.

    Have you considered some curtains, blinds etc that you can keep closed? Some have said having someone tint your glass windows with a UV rated tint can help prevent that.
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    If you think that is a problem, then you should prevent the sun shining on your screen.
    You could:
    Cover your window with a shade, or blinds of some kind. If that is not practical, or not possible, then -
    Cover your LCD screen with a protective cover of some kind. That could be very simple, such as a sheet of poster paper - any color (although black is probably a poor choice for that :D ), sized to fit. A couple of pieces of gaffer's/duct tape will hold it in place when you are out of the room.

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