Setting a countdown timer

Whether it's flashing your lights after 30 minutes to signal dinner is ready, or counting down 30 seconds until the end of a round in your favorite game, there are plenty of fun scenarios for setting a Timer in Lightbow. To get started, go to the Triggers tab, tap the + button in the top toolbar, and choose "Timer". 

All you need to do is pick a duration, and add a preset. Back in the Triggers list, you'll see your new trigger. Once you flip the switch to the ON position, the countdown will start! 

One thing important to understand regarding both Timers (countdown) and Alarms (specific times) is how Lightbow presets work with your hardware. If you have Lightbow open when the trigger is supposed to go off, Lightbow will handle all the commands needed to run any type of animation you can create with the preset editor. If Lightbow isn't running at the time the trigger is supposed to fire, you will not see the full animation. For the Philips hue family of lights, your trigger information is stored on the bridge as soon as you flip the trigger's switch. The good news is that even if your Apple devices are powered off later, your Philips bridge will take care of it. The bad news is that the bridge can only store static colors, so you won't get any animated loops. LIFX and WeMo users are out of luck as well—at this time, there's no way for Lightbow to store trigger information on that hardware, so you'll need Lightbow running for your trigger to fire at all. Stay tuned though, we're working on a possible solution, depending on what the companies will allow with their hardware.

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