Deciding what type of clock to install with your synchronized clock system is often based on your general preference. You may prefer the classic look of analog clocks. Conversely, you may prefer the more modern look of digital clocks. If you prefer digital clocks, you may argue that they are easier to read than analog clocks. These aesthetic reasons have merit, and should be considered, but there are advantages to each type of clock that you should also weigh when making your decision. Synchronized Digital clocks offer some benefits not found in analog clocks. 1. Synchronized digital clocks have timer capabilities - With the addition of some extra software and controls, digital clocks have the ability to perform timer functions such as count-downs and count-ups. - Count-ups are very useful in a hospital setting where code blue situations occur. - Count-downs are a very functional tool in schools. Time allowed for test taking can be displayed on digital clocks in each classroom and time in between class periods can be displayed while students are in the halls. 2. Synchronized digital clocks have greater visibility - Because of the ability to position and adjust the brightness levels, digital clocks can be read from long distances, making them an ideal choice for hospitals or schools with long hallways. Analog clocks offer benefits which digital clocks do not provide. 1. Synchronized analog clocks are often more energy efficient - With rising energy costs and the push for green initiatives across all businesses, analog clocks are an energy efficient choice. - They can run on D-Cell batteries from four to eight years without replacement. - Wireless clocks benefit businesses working to be part of the green movement and are a great application for facilities trying to cut back on energy costs. 2. Synchronized analog clocks are cost effective - Analog clocks are less expensive than digital clocks. - They are ideal for large facilities such as college or hospital campuses where hundreds of clocks are used. The benefits of digital synchronized clocks and analog synchronized clocks will depend on the facility where they will be used, and the unique needs of the purchaser and users. Along with your preference for the aesthetics of analog clocks or digital clocks, you now have concrete reasons for choosing one over the other. Consider their placement and the uses that make sense for your particular institution and be confident that you have made a good choice that will meet your time keeping needs now and in the future.
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