Often in life, your decisions come down to two options. White or wheat toast. Grilled or fried chicken. Take the blue pill or the red pill — any Matrix fans out there?
You have a similar choice when choosing the display format for your facility’s synchronized time system — digital or analog.
If your top priority is to quickly and easily read the clock, you're going to want the bright glow of digital.Think about the size of the room — the larger space the more likely you'll want digital clocks. A gym or a factory floor is likely better served by a digital clock since it can be read at a glance from a long distance. For example, a model with 4-inch digits can be read from 250 feet away.
Functional in Low Light
If you're getting clocks for a room that is often dark, such as an auditorium or lecture hall where the lights are regularly dimmed, it makes more sense to install digital clocks. Plus, if the lights are going down, it's likely you don't want people looking at their phones. With digital clocks, your audience can keep track of the time when the lights go out and their phones are stashed away.
Quicker and More Accurate
If you're just glancing at an analog clock, you're really just getting an estimate on the time. Often, that's all you need, but there are cases in which people have to tell the time down to the second, and, do it in an instant. Test-takers in pressure-packed classrooms would likely appreciate how much easier a digital clock would make tracking the time they have left to complete an exam. Factories with time-sensitive production processes also stand to benefit, as would doctors in an operating room.
Digital clocks come with more features than their analog counterparts. Digitals provide superior readability during tense, time-sensitive scenarios, and some digital models can help people track the time with the help of a countdown timer. This feature can be used during passing time in school, during medical procedures in a hospital, or to keep track of tasks on an assembly floor.
Digital clocks may be easier to read and have more features, but they're also more expensive. It may not seem like much if you're just buying one or a few replacement clocks, but if you're replacing a whole system, the additional cost per clock can add up. So, you'll have to consider your budget when making this decision.
Doesn't Have that “Classic Feel”
Digital clocks are great for varying reasons, but they won't provide the classic feeling you get with an analog clock. There's just something about the look of a round clock with ticking hands that give the space a traditional touch. Think of it as the difference between an e-reader and an actual book. Undoubtedly, the e-reader has better features, but some still prefer turning real pages in a book.
Whether you want a variety of features, or if you prefer a classic clock, the choice is up to you. No matter which style of clock you choose — analog or digital — it's important to weigh the pros and cons of each. Only then can you make an educated decision.