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Last evening I was sitting at my desk and I positioned a lamp over my monitor so I could see what I was working on better. After a while the lamp drifted down without me noticing and the bulb was sitting directly on the monitor.
It was sitting there for about five minutes before I smelled something and realized what was happening. The heat from the bulb melted the casing of my Dell monitor! (See picture below.)
The monitor seems to continue to operate perfectly and it appears that it is only a superficial "wound" but is this dangerous? Should I discontinue using this monitor? Again - it seems to have melted the plastic but does not seem to have affected any of the internal workings.
As long as it continues to function, I wouldn't worry about.
The wife once left a candle burning on the TV, and the holder got so hot, it melted into the case, permanently.
The TV continued to work for several years, with a candle holder embedded in it.
Just consider it a "custom" monitor case.
MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU:Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE,HS/F:CoolerMaster V8,RAM:2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800,VGA:ECS GeForce Black GTX 560,PSU:Antec TruePower Modular 750W,Soundcard:Asus Xonar D1,Case:CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000,Storage:Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA