As we prepare to change our clocks again this weekend, I just want to say a sarcastic THANKS.
Thanks, George Vernon Hudson. Thanks, William Willet.
These two gents, Hudson, a New Zealand scientist in 1895, and Willet, a British builder in 1905, both proposed the beginnings of daylight saving times in their respective countries. While there was interest, it didn’t catch on until 1916 when Germany and its ally, Austria, implemented turning the clocks ahead on April 30, 1916, as a way to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort.
DAYLIGHT SAVING PROS and CONS
Gather ‘round the kitchen table or an online forum and you will find Americans on either side of the Daylight Saving Time discussion. According to timeanddate.com, in modern society, it has been found that the energy saved from Daylight Saving Time is negligible and the bi-annual clock change disrupts our circadian rhythm resulting in fatigue, increased car accidents, and workplace injuries, and is linked to depression.
On the flip side, the springtime shift allows for lighter evenings, encouraging evening recreation like golf, walks, and running. The tourism industry benefits from longer evenings as tourists go out more boosting the local economies. More light in the evenings improves road safety, reducing pedestrian fatalities by 13% during dawn and dusk.
Whichever side of the fence you may be on, twice a year, the clocks, they are a changin’.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IS HERE TO STAY – ARE YOU STILL USING TIMERS OR PHOTOCELLS?
And as you know, property managers everywhere are going through their Daylight Saving Time checklist, making sure their properties are safe and bright when the clocks change.
If your outdoor lighting is managed by timers (mechanical or electronic) or photocells, the hassles are just beginning. Timers are only accurate on the day you set them. They do not account for changing sunrise and sunset time, and certainly do not care about Daylight Saving Time. With timers, an actual human must manually change the clock. Money and time … gone. And the potential for human error and another trip out to fix the clock could be in your future.
Please don’t get me started on photocells. Photocells get dirty, resulting in clocks turning on too soon and turning off too late. They lose sensitivity over time, resulting in inaccurate on/off times. They don’t like hazy or overcast days. (I mean seriously, who does? But we still work right on those days, am I right?)
THE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME SOLUTION FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS
In walks Wireless Telematics, with our patented Lighting Controllers and Monitoring Service (LCMS), replacing timers and photocells and taking away the hassles of Daylight Saving Time from property managers across the country.
Our LCMS automatically adjust every day to the new sunrise/sunset AND Daylight Saving Time utilizing your GPS coordinates and internet technology. They are not fooled by hazy or overcast days … they keep working! Our LCMS send notifications of power outages via text messaging and email and will automatically adjust itself to the correct time after a power outage.
Have an exception to your normal lighting schedule? No worries, adjust it quickly and easily over the internet. And our LCMS has a lifetime warranty and 24/7 free customer support. With our LCMS, property managers set it and forget it, and get back to the other 5,349 things on their to-do list.
To learn more, visit www.wirelesstelematics.com or call 855-498-5267