AP Style Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings or Saving Time?

AP Style holds that the proper form is “daylight saving time,” not “savings. There is no hyphen in the term.

When linking the term with the name of a time zone, use only the word “daylight.” For example,

  • Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Pacific Daylight Time.

Lowercase “daylight saving time” in all uses and “daylight time” whenever it stands alone.

A federal law in the U.S. specifies that daylight time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that do not specifically exempt themselves.

See also AP Style Time Zones.

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