Most Brits got a bit of a shock last Sunday when they woke up an hour later than they expected, after the clocks went forward for daylight savings time.
While many people quite enjoy it when they slip back again in the autumn, losing an hour of shuteye at the weekend is always a little hard to accept.
However, on the plus side, it means we are enjoying brighter, longer evenings, with the sun now setting as late as 1930, whereas it was as early as 1800 just two weeks ago.
Not only can people enjoy lighter evenings, but the days are getting longer with there now being daylight for more than 12 hours.
So, it is important to take this into account and adjust your use of lights at home. Firstly, you won’t need to use your ceiling lights as much in the afternoons, and you could simply get away with designer floor lamps once the sun has set instead.
Don’t forget though that the changing of the clocks means it is now darker in the mornings again and the sun does not rise until around 0645.
Anyone who gets up early or is even already at their desk to start the working day might need to turn on the lights, despite not having had to in a few weeks.This should not last long though, as the sun is rising marginally earlier every day, as we creep towards the longest day of the year on June 21st. On the summer solstice, you can expect the sun to rise as early as 0445 and set as late as 2122, giving a total of 16 hours 38 minutes of daylight.