Daylight Saving(s) Time Holdouts

While North America enjoys their Daylight Saving(s) Time and Europe enjoys their Summer Time, most of the rest of the world does not reset their clocks twice a year – by choice. In fact, some countries and some states within certain countries used to have that annual hour offset, but now have decided not to. Whether by latitude or culture, DST was no longer working for their benefit. Many equatorial countries never adopted DST as they get plenty of sunshine year ’round.

Daylight Saving Time.

Blue areas observe Daylight Saving Time. Orange areas used to observe it, but don’t anymore. Red areas (mostly equatorial countries) never observed it. Click to enlarge.

This is an issue we’ve handled at Masterclock because our clocks are sold worldwide. Our clocks and time keeping devices convert the UTC (Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Coordinated Time) synched signals they receive from GPS satellites and other sources to local time when configured to do so. Whether using Time Code or NTP, users are able to custom configure our clocks with easy-to-use computer apps, so there’s no need to go visit the clocks twice a year to reset them manually.

Cover of the 19th (and last) edition of the pa...

Cover of the 19th (and last) edition of the pamphlet “The Waste of Daylight”, written by William Willett, who independently conceived DST in 1905. The pamphlet advocated DST for Britain and reported progress toward that goal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The whole idea, back in Ben Franklin’s day, was to use daylight more wisely since there is so much more of it (in the northern hemisphere) in summer than in winter. William Willett’s pamphlet of 1914 (at right) was a call to adopt Daylight Savings Time in Great Britain. This came at a time when clocks and watches were synchronizing citizens to the beat of the railroad time schedule that brought about the adption of Time Zones. It wasn’t sunup to sundown anymore. Workers had to be at work on time!Daylight Savings Time doesn’t work for everyone. Farmers still get up with the dawn and stop plowing at dark if their plows are driven by cattle or horses. For those tied to their desks and manufacturing positions, however, having a little extra daylight to enjoy in the summer still seems to work out better, as long as everyone else is on board.

Time is important. That’s why we’re in this business.

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