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About Events

Events offer a way to take actions in a HAL System using a time of day clock. The Event Manager interface is intended for Halogen programmers (not end users) to create and configure all events.

Events allow actions such as an automatic preset recall at 8 am every Sunday for a traditional church service, and then a second event recalls the 10 am contemporary service preset. Or turn up the background music and turn on the neon sign for happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm weekdays.

If school lunch is in the cafeteria weekdays from 11:45 to 1 pm, but at all other times the room is for band & choir classes, a toggle event that sets up the HAL system for lunch at the proper time, but otherwise provides the band class settings could be another event.

If the lunchroom is used in more than just two ways, maybe as a homeroom from 8 am to 8:20, and detention from 3:30 to 4, you’d set up several consecutive command events that follow each other: homeroom, band, lunch, band, detention, Thursday evening choir practice and Saturday yoga class.

note: Note: If you need actions that never relate to a clock, date, or a timer, such as simply pushing a button somewhere to change settings, you don’t need events at all – you can link directly to the button action – see About Control Links.

What is an event and why would I use one?
When should I use events?
How do I create events?
What does the Event Manager do?
How do I give the end users control over an event?
What differences are there between the date and time when using Halogen versus the date and time when Connected live to a HAL device?
Can the HAL’s date, time & time zone be different than my computer’s date, time & time zone?
How do I set the HAL’s date and time or clock?
What controls can I link to events? What are the differences between the three types of events? What event type should I use and why?
What is the difference between a toggle and selector event? And why, where and when would I use each?
What’s the difference between the four linkable controls in each event?