Two weeks ago, we posted about Daylight Saving Time and how some of you may need to update your firmware to ensure it doesn’t happen early on your displays. If you haven’t read that blog yet, we highly recommend checking it out.

You can find additional Daylight Saving Time resources and information by reading Daylight Saving Time Knowledge Base articles on our support site.

This week’s blog will once again be about Daylight Saving Time, but it will apply to everyone! Now, when I say everyone, I don’t technically mean every single person in the world!

In fact, there are a few places in the United States and Canada that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.  So, for those of you residing from the following places, you are off the hook!

  • Most of Arizona
  • Some parts of Indiana
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • The Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Small regions of Quebec
  • Ontario
  • British Columbia
  • Nunavut
  • Most of Saskatchewan

All right, whoever is left, this is for you!

Did you know that Daylight Saving Time will officially end at 2:00 a.m. on November 52017, next Sunday?! That’s coming up pretty quickly so we thought we would share some helpful information before we roll our clocks back!

At precisely 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 5, your clocks will move back by 1 hour. Some of you may need to wind up your clocks or figure out which buttons to press to get those digital alarm clocks set correctly. Or, if you’re like me, just leave them and they’ll be right again in March!

For Daktronics display owners, you won’t have to worry about any of that. Our new displays are already programmed to make the time change for you! However, if you still want to double check and make sure your displays are running the correct time, then follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Set the time zone to the correct time zone in Venus 1500 configuration menu.

  1. Click on the Orange V in the upper left-hand corner of the software.
  2. Hover over Configure, and click on Displays.
  3. Click on the Display Name; select Edit display.
  4. Press Continue 4 times until you see Set Time Zone.
  5. Choose the appropriate time zone* and Daylight Saving Time setting.
  6. Press Continue.
  7. Select Finish.

*Trainer Tip:  If you’re like me, you aren’t used to dealing with GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) when thinking about Time Zones.  Go ahead and use the guide below to make sure you choose the correct one.

Eastern Time = (GMT -05:00)
Central Time = (GMT -06:00)
Mountain Time = (GMT -07:00)
Pacific Time = (GMT -08:00)

Step 2: Sync the Time Zone and DST to the display.

  1. Make sure the correct display is selected in the drop-down menu on the Home tab in the software.
  2. Press the green refresh arrows next to the display name.
  3. Close out of the Venus 1500 V4 Software completely.
  4. Reopen the Venus 1500 V4 Software.
  5. Select your display from the Select Display drop-down menu in the Home tab.
  6. Select option to sync Time Zone when prompted.
  7. Verify time is now correct in the software and on the display.

If you have an older display, it may not recognize the change from daylight saving time to standard time or vice versa.

In 2005, the U.S. Congress announced a change to the effective date of DST starting in 2007. As a result, Daktronics customers who use equipment or software from before September 19, 2005, may not have their time adjusted backward.

These customers can choose to manually adjust the time on their displays to keep it accurate. Most customers are already aware of this, but for locations where the equipment operators have changed, this will be new for them.

Please read the  Knowledge Base articles below for this issue:

If you have any questions, experience any issues following those instructions, or notice that your display and software are not showing the correct time after Daylight Saving time ends, then please:

We hope you find this information helpful. Be sure to click on that orange “Receive Email Updates” button on the right side of your page to subscribe if you do!

Thanks for reading!!

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