Daylight saving ends in Australia and the Ikea VIKIS digital clock

Do you own an Ikea VIKIS digital clock and have no idea how to change the settings?

If you own an Ikea VIKIS digital clock and you no longer have the instruction/user manual here are the instructions.

Ikea VIKIS Digital Clock

Instructions for Ikea VIKIS digital clock

I reproduce them here for your information.

VIKIS alarm clock has date, time and alarm functions and background lighting. In addition to the alarm function you can also activate an optional function that gives a signal every hour (chime) and a snooze function that lets you wake up gradually.


The SET and MODE buttons are used to set the various functions of the clock. Please see below for a more detailed description and illustrations.
The LIGHT button is used to switch on the background lighting.


  1. Press the SET button 4 times to display MONTH. Use the MODE button to set the correct month.
  2. Press the SET button once more to display DAY. Use the MODE button to set the correct day.
  3. Press the SET button one more time to display HOURS. Use the MODE button to set the correct hour. Note that A P or H appears to the right of the display. A = AM P = PM H = 24-hour clock. (Choose the desired format by pressing the MODE button.)
  4. Press the SET button again to display MINUTES. Use the MODE button to set the correct minute value.
  5. To save the settings you have entered. press SET and then MODE.


Press the MODE button to see the current settings.
Press 1 time to show current alarm time.
Press 2 times to show current date.
Press 3 times to show current seconds (Press SET to zero the seconds.)
Press 4 times to return to current time.

I don’t like Daylight saving that much

I’m not a fan of daylight saving. It would be more convenient not to have it. We have this silly situation when in summer we have five time zones. If anything we should do reverse daylight saving time in the northern parts of Australia in the dry season (but that is another argument for another time).

If China can operate on one time zone why do we need five in summer and three in winter. And why is Australian Central Time offset by 30 minutes. It would be much easier if Australian Eastern Time was UTC+10, Australian Central Time was UTC+9, and Australian Western Time was UTC+8.

Acronyms for Australian time zones

One of my pet peeves is when people use the Australian acronyms for the times incorrectly.

AEST means Australian Eastern Standard Time (you can figure out C = central and W = Western)

AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time It is not AEDST nor does AEST stand for Australian Eastern Summer Time


6 Replies to “Daylight saving ends in Australia and the Ikea VIKIS digital clock”

  1. Similar to the way you don’t trust the iPhone alarm (which I live by, incidentally, haha!), I do not trust Ikea products. I went to their store (read INSANELY HUGE WAREHOUSE!) once and I can honestly say I have no desire to return! Although they have some amazing inexpensive things. I may rethink my position.

    What a thoughtful blog, though. I hope someone gets use out of it. Your blog doesn’t get enough attention in my opinion. Mind if I give you a shout out in my “Legends of the Blog” category? Let me know. I didn’t link it here, so check out my page. It’s over in the category list on the right side, in alphabetical order.

    1. Thank you so much. I’d love a shout out. I’ll check out the page as soon as I’ve finished my bacon and eggs 🥓🥚😋😃
      Thank you, you are so kind.

    2. Hey, I feel like such a jerk for having to tell you this, but I need to shut down my blog for a bit. I have more scheduling problems that just came up at work again and I won’t be around for yet another few weeks. I’m so sorry for the disappointment, Gary. You’ve been such a great friend to me. Can we touch base in a few weeks when I get back? Again, I deeply apologize. ❤︎

    3. No worries. No need to apologise. I understand completely. All the best with work.

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