Replacing MBP Display Backlight

Stephen-EXV

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Jul 4, 2007
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Has anyone ever attempted to replace the Macbook Pro's display backlight? Mines got more than a few miles on it so I'm sure the backlight is pretty yellowed compared to a new one.

And for extra points, has anyone attempted to replace the older CCFL backlights with a shiney new LED backlight? Though, that seems like it would be way more difficult.
 

pmartin

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Apr 23, 2005
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Has anyone ever attempted to replace the Macbook Pro's display backlight? Mines got more than a few miles on it so I'm sure the backlight is pretty yellowed compared to a new one.

And for extra points, has anyone attempted to replace the older CCFL backlights with a shiney new LED backlight? Though, that seems like it would be way more difficult.
I'm sure the difficulty level is the same, the real question is whether or not the parts are compatible. As far as whether anyone has ever replaced the LCD backlight with the exact same model before, the answer is of course, it's really no big deal, you just need to have the skills to do it. I do not, however, know if it will really make your screen brighter, but I have a feeling it probably won't have any effect. I've never heard of a screen backlight yellowing before.
 

Stephen-EXV

macrumors newbie
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Jul 4, 2007
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Oklahoma
I'm sure the difficulty level is the same, the real question is whether or not the parts are compatible. As far as whether anyone has ever replaced the LCD backlight with the exact same model before, the answer is of course, it's really no big deal, you just need to have the skills to do it. I do not, however, know if it will really make your screen brighter, but I have a feeling it probably won't have any effect. I've never heard of a screen backlight yellowing before.
CCFL light sources naturally dim with age and take on a slight yellow hue. This becomes very apparent when replacing fluorescent lights found in your home, typically in a garage, utility room, or a closet. The new light will appear to be much brighter and whiter then the burnt out light you just replaced.

Some of the natural characteristics of LED light sources as opposed to CCFL sources (in addition to the fact that it requires less power and what not) is that it stays a consistent color temperature and brightness right up until it dies.