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Family relies on candles during daylight saving time

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After the sun goes down, when most families start turning on the lights, the Robbinses in Orange County, Calif., reach for the matches.

A KABC report explains how they use the power of candles to light their home during daylight saving time.

Stacey Robbins said they do it for the positive feelings. "The way people feel when they leave a camping experience is like, 'Ahhh.' It's like they're exhaling a little more deeply and they're sleeping better and they feel more refreshed. And I thought, 'How do I bring that into the conveniences of our home?'"

The family's solution: Turn off the lights. But not just the lights. No TV, no computers, no video games, nada. They even turn off the circuit breaker (but leave the refrigerator running).

Mom Stacey enjoys it, Dad Rock (who works in IT and has three phones and is on the computer all day) enjoys it, and even their two young sons, Seth and Caleb, enjoy playing the piano and violin by candlelight.

The candlelit evenings began as a month-long experiment. But everybody was having such a good time, the Robbinses expanded it to four. This year, they expect to keep the power off at night until winter solstice.

But they realize it isn't for everyone. "Maybe a day? Just a day, (say) we're going to be together and we're not going to be in technology." suggests Rock.

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