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  1. #1 Summer/Daylight Saving Time 
    Forum Freshman CrimsonViper's Avatar
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    I just noticed today that the clocks are going forward in the UK. I think they have already gone forward in America. This means we get an extra hour of daylight in the afternoons and an hour less daylight in the morning. Is there an actual point to this as they just go back to normal in the season of Autumn or is the whole thing just some convention that stuck and spread throughout the globe?


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    It's so that we have more sunlight during peek business hours.

    Haven't you noticed that the length of the day changes with the seasons?

    In the Summer days are longer so let's say the sun is up from 6 am to 8 pm in August. If you didn't have daylights saving time the sun would be up from 5 am to 7 pm. So, you lose an hour of sunlight when people are usually out doing their shopping and gain an hour when most people are sleeping without daylights saving time.

    In January you might have the sun up from 8 am to 4 pm, if we kept daylights saving time during this period you'd have the sun up from 7 am to 3 pm. You would have more people stumbling around in the dark during the mornings and not have really all that much benefit in the afternoon when most people are still indoors working. So, there is no real reason to have daylight saving time during this period.

    Whether or not this is necessary is debatable, it tends to be supported by retail lobbies, but farmers usually object to it.


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