At a time in our lives when “sure things” are becoming more precious than ever, it’s a comfort to know that we can always rely on nature as is evidenced by astronomical timers for outdoor lighting.
Carolina Landscape Lighting ensures that its outdoor lighting and landscape lighting low voltage systems turn on and illuminate for beautification, safety, and security as sunset retires for yet another day.
Hands-Free, Worry-Free Astronomical Timers Ensure Perfect On And Off Control For Your Outdoor Lighting
In just a few weeks, on November 6, 2022, Daylight Saving Time will end, allowing us all to “fall back” and enjoy an hour of extra sleep as our body clocks adjust to the seasonal time change.
With our astronomical timers, Mother Nature controls when your outdoor lighting needs to turn on and knows when it’s time to turn your system off.
Why Daylight Saving Time, And What Is It?
Under the conditions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Saving Time starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.
According to the Department of Transportation, Daylight Saving Time has a number of benefits:
It Saves Energy. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun sets one hour later in the evenings, so the need to use electricity for household lighting and appliances is reduced. People tend to spend more time outside in the evenings during Daylight Saving Time, which reduces the need to use electricity in the home. Also, because sunrise is very early in the morning during the summer months, most people will awake after the sun has already risen, which means they turn on fewer lights in their homes.
It Saves Lives And Prevents Traffic Injuries. During Daylight Saving Time, more people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the daylight.
It Reduces Crime. During Daylight Saving Time, more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs.
The Negatives Of Daylight Saving Time
Research shows that Daylight Saving Time is bad for your health.
Changing sleep patterns, even by one hour, goes against a person’s natural circadian rhythms and has negative consequences for health. One study found that the risk of a heart attack increases 10% the Monday and Tuesday following the springtime change.
Researchers have also found an increase in cluster headaches (sudden and debilitating headaches) after the fall time change.
James Wyatt, PhD, Associate Professor at Rush University Medical Center, stated, “We’re encountering an increase in extra auto and workplace accidents on Monday or perhaps even carrying through the first week of the Spring time shift.”
Another negative perspective hails from William F. Shughart II, PhD, Economist at Utah State University. He states that the simple act of changing clocks costs Americans $1.7 billion in lost opportunity cost based on average hourly wages, meaning that the ten or so minutes spent moving clocks, watches, and devices forward and backward could be spent on something more productive.
According to the Lost-Hour Economic Index, moving the clocks forward has a total cost to the US economy of $434 million nationally, factoring in health issues, decreased productivity, and workplace injuries.
The Positives Of Astronomical Timers
Regardless of the season or the reason, rest assured that when it starts to get dark outdoors, astronomical timers will always help light the way for safer passage into and around your home.
Once we install your outdoor lighting astronomical timer and program it, you don’t even have to think about it. It’s truly a “set it and forget it” solution. This sophisticated timing control system for outdoor landscape lighting systems is extremely effective and dependable.
Unlike obsolete photocell timers, astronomical timers don’t need to sense the light outside to determine what time the sun is setting. With an astronomical timer, your transformer’s location becomes irrelevant.
Astronomical timers use your geographic location to determine dusk and dawn times and then automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time come next year on March 12, 2023. The astronomical timer can replace most timers and photocells, making it a great option for anyone that wants to avoid the hassle.
When Is The Darkest Day Of The Year?
This year the darkest day of the year will occur on the Winter Solstice, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
In the Carolinas, that date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year.
Upgrade To An Astronomical Timer Now, Before Darkness Sets In For The Year
Contact us today to schedule your astronomical timer installation and programming. Online, you can connect with us right here; and let’s chat.