Okay to leave screen in direct sunlight for 2 hours per day?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mellofello, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    Hi all

    I have a 27 inch iMac. My living room has large windows that have no shades on the top. I returned home at a earlier time then usual to see sunlight beaming directly onto my i mac. Do you think that this will be a problem or did apple account for this?

    There really is no other place for my desk to go, but I suppose I could devise a Imac cozy or something to keep it shaded.

  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    It's never a good idea to leave electronics in direct sunlight.... the iMac produces enough heat of its own... the Earth's yellow sun will only compound that problem and may lead to negative effects which :apple: may or may not cover under warranty.
  3. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Your window and the glass cover on the screen likely has you covered from a UV perspective.

    Excessive heat?

    That said, sunlight will fade anything over time, but I wouldn't worry about catastrophic damage to the LCD or anything along those lines.
  4. mellofello thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    The Imac is always sleeping during the day, and the room is well ventilated. That said I live in HI, where it is always hot, and sun does have a perfect path through the window though, and it lights up the screen so much that you can't use it because of the glare.

    I think I'm overreacting, but when it comes to my Macs I'm very protective.


    I think I'm going to make some sort of cover, any suggestions for breathable but dark fabrics?
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Cover could be something that WILL kill it. Let's just say you forgot to shut it down, or it hangs on a shutdown - a cover that blocks your intake or exhaust ports - that can get ugly fast.

    If you're super concerned, put some window tint on your window, or a small shade screen. You still get the sun and the view, but also get to see your display.

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