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Oregon Scientific – Smart Living

Smart Living - embracing innovations that help you live smarter, so you can be happier, healthier and more productive.

In the flurry of modern life, the search for richer, fuller experiences may be stymied by the incredible amount of stimuli we receive every day. At Oregon Scientific, we believe life should be lived smarter, not harder.

Founded in 1989 in Portland, USA, Oregon Scientific embraces innovations that contribute to people’s betterment and well-being. Oregon Scientific products do more than simply beautify our homes and offices – they enable us to pursue our personal goals for better health, better work and living spaces and better fulfilment in all we do.

When you purchase a Oregon Scientific product, you’re empowering your lifestyle with smart ideas that help you maximise your potential each day.

Oregon Scientifics’ products are made with innovation, precision and passion to bring fresh perspectives to every aspect of your daily life. We welcome you to peruse our catalogue and discover how our products enrich your living and working environment.

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Time Change & Radio-Controlled Time

In the UK, we all change our clocks and watches by one hour, twice a year


In the Spring, we add an hour, and go onto what is called British Summer Time.


In the Autumn we go back a hour, and adhere to Greenwich Mean Time.


When does the Time Change?


BST Starts: Sunday, 27 March 2016 - 1 hour forward

BST Ends: Sunday, 30 October 2016 - 1 hour backward


What is British Summer Time?


The idea of British Summer Time was first proposed in the UK by William Willett. He felt that valuable daylight was being wasted in the mornings during the summer months because people were still in bed.


In 1907 he published a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight, in which he outlined his plans to change the time of the nation’s clocks. But when he died in 1915 the Government still refused to back BST.


It wasn’t until a year later, in May 1916, that Britain passed the Summer Time Act and started changing its clocks twice a year.


What are the benefits?


It argued that British Summer Time is good for physical and psychological health, particularly in terms of relieving the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The lighter evenings are also said to reduce road traffic accidents and crime.


And the downsides?


Well, there’s always the risk of turning up late for a Sunday Lunch or Church and critics have said that changing the clocks is economically and socially disruptive, therefore cancelling out any benefits.


Never have to set your clock again

Oregon Scientific Clocks are fitted with a receiver to receive the time and date from the atomic clock so as well as being 100% acurate they also automatically update at the start and end of British Summer Time.


What is Radio-Controlled (Atomic) Time?


A radio controlled clock has tiny radio antennae inside, which receives a signal that comes from a place where an atomic clock is located. In the UK the signal is transmitted from Anthorn Radio Station in Cumbria by Babcock (formerly VT Communications), under contract to National Physics Laboratory


It is available 24 hours a day across the whole of the UK and beyond. The signal operates on a frequency of 60 kHz and carries a time and date code that can be received by all Oregon Scientific radio-controlled clocks.


To find out more visit the National Physics Laboratory Website