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Bontrager Light Control


Bontrager Light Control data field gives you the ability to directly control the modes of any connected Bontrager RT series lights. Once the lights are paired with the Edge computer, the data field will display a graphical battery status, and buttons to quickly change the mode of the connected headlights and taillights.</p><p></p><p>To Setup:</p><p> 1. Download and install the data field to your Edge computer</p>

What’s New

1.2.1 - CIQ SDK version 2.4.8.</p><p>1.2.0 - CIQ SDK version 2.4.0</p><p>1.1.1 - Edge 1030 support. CIQ SDK version 2.3.4.</p><p>1.0.8 - Updated build using the new CIQ SDK version 2.2.6</p><p>1.0.7 - Updated build using the new CIQ SDK version 2.2.5</p><p>1.0.6 - Fixed potential crash in the settings screen</p><p>1.0.5 - Updated build using the new CIQ SDK version 2.2.4</p><p>1.0.4 - Fixed an issue with the version number not updating when updating to a new version.</p>

Additional Information


This app requires access to:

  • Send/receive data via ANT radio to/from third-party sensors
  • Edge® 1000 Edge® 1000
  • Edge® 1030 Edge® 1030
  • Edge® 1030, Bontrager Edge® 1030, Bontrager
  • Edge® 820 Edge® 820
  • Edge® Explore 1000 Edge® Explore 1000
  • Edge® Explore 820 Edge® Explore 820
Average Rating: (50 Ratings)

John Brockley
April 21, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

Downloaded the app for my Garmin 1030 using pro ion 1300 and 2 rt flares. Also I have the Bontrager remote control, but was very confusing trying to control the lights with the app and the remote control so in the end I uninstalled the app and just use the remote which is a lot simpler and I recommend anyone to use the remote controller over this app for simplicity.. Without the remote I expect the app would be ok but too complicated trying to use both.

February 28, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

Setup instructions for Ion Pro Rt 1300 light and Edge 1000 are almost non-existant. The actual app is glitchy. It shows a high and low button but when I select high it immediately jumps to low.

February 14, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

the latest headlights Ion 200 RT and Ion Pro RT are not fully supported. The flash mode selection is not effective, selecting it brings no change. The only way to activate the flash mode is to be set to "Auto" mode. I hope this will be quickly fixed.

February 12, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

Fantàstic App. The battery of my flare RT is longer that with Garmin App

February 12, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

It works but for me should be one more button to customize the light mode (3 not 2). For me especially for front light (to have direct access to high, low or flash mode). Bontrager can you add it with next update?

February 2, 2019 | Version 1.2.1

Got my Edge 1030 paired my Bontrager RT LIGHTS to the Edge and also installed the app all works seamlessly. Set lights to come on in Day flash Mode when I press the Timer to start my Ride. Sweet.

William Schneider
December 12, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

This App is a great idea and when the developer gets it and the user instructions right I’m sure it will be wonderful. I recently purchased the new top of the line Bontrager Ion 1300 and FlareRT combo light system. I have installed the Bontrager light control App on my Garmin Edge 1030 and paired it with the lights. The user instructions for the app are completely inadequate, if not nonexistent. There is nothing useful in the combo light packaging. The numbered instructions on the Garmin connect IQ store (this site) are impossible to understand completely without more explanation and without screen shots. The 5 tiny images available at the bottom of the App info area are so small that they cannot be read, or even enlarged to help. I searched the web and the Trek/Bontrager site and cannot find a user guide or useful video. There appear to be 5 available screens showing on those tiny screen shots on the App download page. But I have only been able to find 2 when I have the App up on my Garmin 1030. And it is very difficult to push the button that gets me to the second page. My Trek dealer did not know how to expertly use the app and was as befuddled as I am. The little back button on the options screen is almost impossible to see. I somehow got stuck on that screen and it took me forever to figure out how to go back to the main page. The back button needs to be bigger. The Off buttons to manually turn off the lights on the main screen do not consistently work. There must be a bug. I want to be able to reliably turn off the lights from the App when I make a rest stop in the middle of a ride. As it is, the lights just stay on unless those stop buttons on the App screen happen to work that day. If the off buttons are frozen, you have to manually turn off the lights themselves and on again when you return to your ride. My lights turn on when I plug in my Garmin 1030 in to charge it. The Garmin for some reason turns itself on automatically sometimes when I plug it into my

November 26, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

It works correctly in Edge 820. Remember to follow all instructions, including adding new sensor step

November 24, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

En garmin 820, con 10.0 no funciona

November 22, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

In theory it’s a good idea. Having control of the lights from the unit is very handy but when I set my lights to come on upon my Garmin timer starting this app stops them from doing so. Is there any way to allow my lights to come on at start up whilst retaining control via the app. It doesn’t appear so.

Joval Reantaso
November 19, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

Downloaded this app to my Garmin 820 but don't seems to see the app on the unit when i try to search for it. I do however see it on my computer when i try to manage apps. I'll give my final rating once i get around actually using them. Any idea to figure it out?

Ángel Granado Jaldo
October 22, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

No funciona bien la aplicación con la version Se queda colgada creando la red.

Nicholas Copernico
October 21, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

With 820 version 10.00 with flare rt 2018 only: it works the first time I install the field in a screen. But if I change the light mode from auto to individual or vice versa in Garmin light network settings, the bontrager field screen does not show anymore: either it says 'identifying lights' or 'network forming' forever (when in fact the light is already identified and the network formed according to the Garmin device) or a small circle with the letters IQ appears. But the field buttons do not appear anymore. I must re-install the field in order to get (only sometimes) its buttons. Thanks. Update: it seems as the data field losses the connection with the light (but the Garmin device does not! --because I am still able to control the light using Garmin controls)

Klaus Ditze
October 13, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

Can you please invert the screen on day time to black text on white background? It works great with an Garmin RTL 510.

October 6, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

Lo mismo con la última actualización no funciona con carmín edgen 820 arreglen lo porfa

Alvaro Gonzalez
October 4, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

con la ultima actualizacion (version 10.0) del Garmin 820 edge, no funciona la aplicacion.

Raymond A. Cook
September 20, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

The app seems to be running perfectly with my ion 200 RT and my flare RT. The only reason for four stars instead of five is that it's a bit slow to form it's network each time and the app is not all that intuitive to get up and running. Be sure to swipe down to get more options from the widget. How many lights can it control at one time? Winter's coming on and I might like to add the ion pro RT. 'Doesn't look like there's room in the app screen for a third column.

Tommy Haywood
September 9, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

As others have said, this is a great idea but a bit disappointing. My edge 1030 has so much spare space but I can only set 2 modes. Why not allow to set all 5 modes (off,day flash,all day flash, night flash,high,low). Yes I know know auto is controlled by Garmin, but as far as I can tell that sets day flash in bright conditions and night flash in dark conditions. We need to be able to set all the other modes. There is plenty of room

David D’Souza
August 13, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

So much potential but doesn't quite make it. The auto mode for the light is terrible as others have mentioned. Going to full brightness when traveling under trees burns the battery too quickly and makes the light useless for anything but the shortest rides. While it's nice the light turns on when my Garmin starts recording the ride, it doesn't automatically turn off the lights when I am paused for a lengthy period. There isn't a button to turn off the lights and have them auto-start when I move again. Lots of common sense features just not there.

Developer Reply
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles

Hi David, The auto mode is controlled by Garmin in the light network mode. The light control app does not have the ability to control auto, only take the lights out of auto and put them into a specific mode. The 'Light Beam Activated' feature can be accessed also under the Network Mode and is controlled by Garmin. Changing that to 'Timer Start' should do what you are asking. I can help relay your feedback to Garmin if you would like.

Bob Pinnick
August 8, 2018 | Version 1.2.1

I downloaded Bontranger Light Control to my Garmin Edge 1000. I was hoping to be able to control the modes of the Ion 800 RT. The only modes in the app are “Auto, Hight, Low, Off”. Using “Auto” during the day has a problem in that if there is any shade the light stops flashing and stays on (not sure if it is in “High” or “Low” mode). The battery does not last very long using this approach. I found that if one uses the tool box icon on the Edge 1000 then selects “Sensors” then “Lights” then “Network Options” then “Light Mode” then select “Individual”. Go back to the “Network Options” screen and select “Headlight” then “Light Mode”. I then select “Day Flash” which increases the battery life. I have removed the Light Control app as I do not find it very useful to allow me to have enough charge for a multi-hour ride.

Developer Reply
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles

Hi Bob, In the upper right corner of the light control you will see a button that will take you to the settings menu. In here, you can change the override buttons (the two middle buttons) so that they reflect the modes you want to be able to go to. Auto is controlled by Garmin, and the app only has the ability to take the lights out of auto and set them to a specific mode.

Carlos Kintana
May 29, 2018 | Version 1.2.0

Hello, I have changed my Edge 820 for another unit in warranty, with the previous 820 the flare RT was automatically turned on when starting the edge 820, but now it does not turn on, I have to do it manually. I have the Bontrager Light Control installed as usual, even if it does not turn on automatically. It only turns off when edge 820 is turned off.

Developer Reply
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles

Carlos, Light Beam Activated is controlled by Garmin, and the options can be found in Network Mode. Changing it to Device power up will turn on when the device is turned on or off, and Timer Start will only have the lights on when you are riding.

Lee Molyneux
May 29, 2018 | Version 1.2.0

Keeps disconnecting from network and turning my lights off - not good.

Developer Reply
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles

Lee, I sorry you are having issues with the lights. The light pairing and network is formed between the Edge unit and the lights. The light control app can only interact with the network once it is formed. Please contact customer support for advice on how to deal with network disconnects.

April 12, 2018 | Version 1.2.0

My garmin edge 1000 can't find the flare r Light when i search the device

Developer Reply
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles

Michael, The light network is formed between the lights and the Edge. Please contact either Garmin or Trek for assistance on connecting the lights and the Edge.

Mark Muraski
March 21, 2018 | Version 1.1.1

When I turn my Garmin 820 on, it turns on the light network, however it turns on the Flare RT flashing and the Ion 700 solid. I ride during daylight and want it flashing all the time. I can select it on the Bontrager App screen and change it to flashing, but it would be easier to just turn the light on, and it comes on flashing automatically. Am I doing something wrong?

Developer Reply
April 2, 2018, TrekBicycles

Hi Mark, The Edge 820 light network settings control how the lights turn on. Go into those, and make sure you are set to either Auto or Hi Vis. In Auto, the Edge will use ambient light to control what mode the lights are in, and in Hi Vis it sets them to flashing all the time. The light control app allows you to override what the light network puts the lights into. It does not have the ability to change the system settings for initial power on.

Mike Jacoubowsky
March 4, 2018 | Version 1.1.1

There should be an over-ride to the ambient light sensor. During daytime, I want to have the headlight "flashing" at all times, but if you go through a tree-covered area, it switches to solid mode, thinking it's "dark" and you need the light to see. It's in such conditions that I really want that light flashing! Plus it's a bigger drain on the battery. So my ask would be to tie an automatic mode into the Garmin's built-in ability to know sunrise & sunset times. Thanks!

Developer Reply
March 5, 2018, TrekBicycles

Hi Mike, The 'auto' mode is controlled by Garmin, and reflects the settings you have for the light network. The other buttons are overrides to whatever the Edge has put the lights into. What you are describing is actually the intent of the light control. If auto is not doing what you want, you can quickly change to whatever mode you need, and then give control back to the Edge when you are done. Hope that helps.

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