Whether we are springing forward or falling back, daylight saving time is a bit of an adjustment for Americans. Not only do we have to change the clocks in our cars, our offices and in our homes, wheelchair users have to adjust the clock on their Quantum Rehab Wheelchair Q-Logic controller. While we participate in this switch twice a year, how much do we really know about it? Read on to learn more about the history daylight saving time.
Click here to learn how to change the clock on your Q-Logic display.
The History of Daylight Savings Time
Some attribute Benjamin Franklin to the birth of daylight saving time. In 1784, he wrote a satirical letter to the editor of The Journal of Paris, suggesting that people could save on candle usage by waking up earlier and going to bed later. The proposal, however, was meant as a joke.
One of the earliest backers of daylight saving time was Abraham Lincoln Filene, of Filene’s Department Stores during World War I. The semi-annual changing of the clocks began in 1918, as part of an initiative to save fuel and give shoppers extra time after work. It’s no secret that retail industries reap many benefits from daylight saving time, as individuals are more likely to shop after working hours if there is still daylight.
Congress standardized daylight saving time in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act. In 1996, the act was amended so that it started on the second Sunday of March and ended on the first Sunday November.
The Push for Stopping the Biannual Switch
Currently, every state except Hawaii and Arizona observe daylight saving time. More and more states are pushing for legislation to observe daylight saving time all year round. They argue that changing the clocks twice a year has been linked to an increase in traffic accidents, robberies, workplace injuries and heart attacks, in the days following the shift.
How to Change the Clock on your Quantum Rehab Wheelchair Q-Logic Controller
Follow these step-by-step instructions to change the time on your Q-Logic controller.
- Go to the main menu or home screen
- Select hand control settings
- Select display
- Select set time
- Change the time, then select the checkbox for it to change by pushing your joystick to the right, then select your select button (II) or (I), or push the joystick up to save.
- The time format displayed can also be changed by selecting time format in the display screen
If you are unsure on how to make a selection with your Q-Logic joystick, follow these steps: when the desired function is highlighted on the LCD screen, push the joystick to the right to select that function. To return to the previous screen, push the joystick to the left.
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