I have a Dell ST2010 monitor that has gone dim. A few days before it permanently became dim, the brightness was flickering between dim and fully bright. It eventually quit flickering and just stayed super dim. I bought a new monitor a long time ago but I haven't thrown the dim monitor away yet in hope that I will find a cheap way to fix it. Since it costs the same amount of money or more to repair a monitor than it is to buy a new one, I haven't even bothered with it.
Today I came across this
A few hours of modding and a $5 lightblub is a much more attractive solution than a $150 set of lights that probably won't work or sending the monitor to a repair shop that costs $200 just for them to give you a price estimate.
I noticed that the monitor they used is an older one. When I took apart mine, there was a metal panel separating the display panel from the rest of the monitor's guts. Do I dare take it off? Will poisonous gas of some kind be exposed? Will breaking it apart instantly kill it like taking apart a hard drive does? I haven't found any notable differences between the specs on that Dell ST2010 and the specs on the Dell E172FP other than screen resolutions, contrast ratio and size.