GORE® Protective Vents for Lighting Enclosures

Lighting enclosure vents from Gore rapidly equalize pressures while blocking water and contaminants, for improved product performance and service life. 

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GORE<sup>®</sup> Protective Vents - Lighting Enclosures - Brochure

Protective Vents for Outdoor Electronics

Bright, reliable lighting can dramatically enhance the enjoyment – and safety – of public and commercial spaces and transitways. People feel safer and more secure when the places they park and walk have bright, working luminaires. But over time, environmental factors can degrade the luminaire’s original level of Ingress Protection (IP). This will allow damaging moisture and contaminants to enter the enclosure.

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Better Venting Addresses Lighting Industry Challenges
Protective Vents for Lighting Enclosures - Applications

Lighting enclosures are increasingly vulnerable to the demands of evolving technologies: higher-density components create higher internal temperatures and pressures; transparent lenses make condensation more visible and warranty claims more numerous, and LED bulbs demand longer life of the entire system, requiring more robust protection from both contaminants and condensation.

GORE Protective Vents for outdoor lighting enclosures are proven to reduce condensation and contaminants by:

  • providing rapid pressure equalization and release, to extend seal life
  • minimizing condensation through more effective vapor diffusion
  • preventing entry of contaminants like dust, dirt and debris
  • high-performance venting eliminates the need for extra-hardened components, saving weight and costs

Why Vent?

Electronic enclosures that are installed outdoors are vulnerable to a wide range of environmental hazards that can affect the performance, reliability and life expectancy of the sensitive electronics within.

Problems for Outdoor Electronics:

Failed Seals

Enclosure seal

Pressure differentials are created when a sealed enclosure is exposed to rapid, extreme or recurring changes in ambient conditions. Extreme changes in temperature (a sudden thunderstorm on a hot, sunny day), altitude changes (in transit), or the constant heating and cooling cycle of an internal heat source – any of these can cause a pressure differential within a sealed enclosure. A rapid decrease in temperature, for example, can create a vacuum inside the enclosure. If this pressure differential is not dissipated, the vacuum places continual stress on the housing seals. Over time, this can cause seals to fail, allowing moisture and other contaminants such as dust, dirt and other particulates to be drawn inside.


Cloudy pane due to condensation

In addition to failed seals, moisture can get inside enclosures by diffusion – the process by which vapor moves by natural molecular motion through the walls of a polymer enclosure. When water vapor enters a sealed enclosure and has no way to escape, it will condense to a liquid state. If this condensation remains inside the sealed enclosure, it can compromise lens function and corrode sensitive electronics and battery contacts.

Reliable Solutions with GORE Protective Vents:

Equalize Pressures to Protect Housing Enclosures and Seals

GORE Protective Vents rapidly equalize pressure differentials within sealed enclosures, effectively preventing the internal vacuums or pressure build-ups that stress housing seals. In non-vented housings, pressure differentials as low as 70 mbar (1 psi) can cause seals to leak after repeated temperature cycles. GORE Vents reliably protect against premature seal failure, to preserve the integrity of the enclosure.

Equalize Pressures to Protect Housing Enclosures and Seals

Prevent Contamination to Protect Electronics

GORE Protective Vents reliably block ingress of a wide range of contaminants, from rain and insects to dirt, dust, sand and other particulates. Yet GORE Vents allow air molecules to pass through, preventing the formation of vacuums that could pull external contaminants in. With vents from Gore, components perform reliably, with lower maintenance or warranty costs.

Air passes through the membrane. Liquids and particles are repelled.

Reduce Condensation to Protect Against Corrosion

GORE Protective Vents enable water vapor molecules to diffuse through the microporous membrane, and pass freely out of the enclosure. By reducing the amount of internal moisture, internal surfaces such as lenses are protected from condensation, and electronics are protected from premature failure due to corrosion.

Water vapor molecules pass through the membrane

Protect Against Hazardous Gas Buildup

During normal operation and recharging cycles, batteries can generate heat and emit hydrogen or other gases. This can create a hazardous, or even explosive, situation. GORE Protective Vents effectively dissipate hazardous gas molecules. By continuously equalizing pressures inside and outside the battery compartment, they reduce explosion hazards, while maintaining an effective barrier to liquids and particulates.

Gas molecules pass through the membrane


Proven Experience and Expertise in a Broad Variety of Lighting Applications
Industrial / Commercial Outdoor Lighting
Industrial / Commercial Outdoor Lighting Gore has successfully partnered with large manufacturers of industrial and commercial outdoor lights to solve contamination and condensation challenges, and deliver longer lasting lights.
Emergency Lighting
Emergency Lighting Emergency lighting must be ready to function on a moment’s notice. The global engineering team at Gore has a wealth of applications experience to ensure that emergency lighting is fully functional when needed.
Outdoor Decorative Lighting
Outdoor Decorative Lighting Customers expect decorative lights to maintain their appearance over time. Gore has experience collaborating with outdoor decorative lighting manufacturers to solve condensation issues, which can degrade the appearance of lights.
Entertainment Lighting
Entertainment Lighting With a proven track record in venting entertainment lighting, Gore has helped manufacturers design systems that can withstand harsh environments and reliably provide maximum lighting performance.
Marine Lighting
Marine Lighting Marine lighting must be able to withstand water, dirt and debris as well as handle pressure differentials caused by weather changes. Gore’s engineering and materials expertise excels in addressing these challenges.
Ballast and Transformers
Ballast and Transformers Gore has global expertise in solving internal pressure challenges within ballast and transformers. Our team of engineers can be considered an extension of your design team.


Product Comparison

Screw-In Series

Screw-In vents provide durable protection against water, salts and corrosive liquids, even after immersion. The threaded shaft and durable O-ring provide increased mechanical stability, and these hydrolytically-stable vents are UV- and temperature-resistant, for added durability and longer product life. Designed for easy installation in any application, these rugged vents come in five different styles:

GORE PolyVent XS GORE® PolyVent XS 
has a compact, low-profile design that meets some of the industry’s toughest standards, making it ideal for today’s smaller (up to 2 l) housings.
GORE PolyVent Standard GORE® PolyVent Standard (M12x1 and M12x1.5)
offers reliable venting for volumes up to 5 l, and comes in two colors and two thread sizes for different wall thicknesses, with or without a counter nut.
GORE PolyVent High Airflow GORE® PolyVent High Airflow (M12x1.5)
has the protection level of “Standard” – with nearly ten times the airflow. For housings up to 50 liters, it easily manages the strong pressure differentials caused by extreme weather.
GORE PolyVent XL GORE® PolyVent XL
maintains exceptionally high airflow in extra-large enclosures (volumes up to 200 l) and meets the most rigorous standards, such as solar resistance (IEC 62108).
GORE PolyVent Stainless Steel GORE® PolyVent Stainless Steel
offers premium-level durability, corrosion- and chemical resistance, to reliably protect enclosures up to 20 liters in the most extreme conditions.
GORE PolyVent Ex+ NEW GORE PolyVent Ex+
is both IECEx and ATEX certified for equipment operating in potentially explosive environments and offers exceptional venting performance for enclosures up to 20 liters in volume.

Snap-In Series

Snap-In Vents deliver robust venting performance and consistent, long-lasting protection in very harsh environments. Engineered specifically for high-throughput production applications, these vents can be quickly installed with semi- or fully- automated equipment. Most products in this series are individually laser-marked, for full product traceability. Four performance options are available to accommodate different housing sizes and provide varying speeds of pressure equalization:

GORE PolyVent Supra GORE® PolyVent Supra
is the low-profile solution for enclosures with limited space for vent installation, and volumes up to 0.5 liters.
GORE PolyVent Hysi GORE® PolyVent Hysi
offers fast, economical integration, and the option to inside-mount for nearly-invisible installation. For enclosure volumes up to 2 liters.
GORE PolyVent Standard GORE® PolyVent Standard
offers reliable performance in many applications, for enclosure volumes up to 5 liters.
GORE PolyVent High Airflow GORE® PolyVent High Airflow,
in hydrophobic or oleophobic versions, delivers high airflow for enclosure volumes up to 30 liters.

Adhesive Series

Low-profile adhesive vents provide the flexible integration options for almost any application. They can be installed quickly and easily on the interior or exterior of an enclosure, using manual or automated processes. While these vents can easily be customized for the demands and geometry of a specific application, our standard product portfolio offers a wide variety of sizes, designs and constructions.

Existing customers using parts not listed here, please contact us.

GORE Adhesive Vent VE7 GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE7
For enclosures with rough or smooth surfaces. These durable all membrane constructions offer high temperature stability.
GORE Adhesive Vent VE8

GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE8
For interior housing mount applications requiring high airflow with oleophobicity.

GORE Adhesive Vent VE9

GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE9
For enclosures with rough or smooth surfaces. These durable all membrane constructions offer high temperature stability and are engineered for higher airflow.

New GORE® PolyVent Ex+

New GORE® PolyVent Ex+

Safety + Uncompromising Performance.

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Recent News

Press Release


Posted November 29, 2017

MUNICH, GERMANY (November 29, 2017) – W. L. Gore & Associates proudly announces the launch of GORE® PolyVent Ex+. Our latest addition to the Protective Vents Screw-In Series is certified according to explosion-proof safety standards, IECEx and ATEX. This will allow you to sell your products globally with fewer certification efforts, saving you labour and testing costs. Plus, the PolyVent Ex+ offers you additional protection performance due to its unique design.


New GORE® PolyVent Ex+: IECEx / ATEX Explosion Protection Certified

Posted November 27, 2017

The newly launched GORE® PolyVent Ex+ adds explosion protection according to IECEx and ATEX to GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series. GORE® PolyVent Ex+ offers additional plus (+) features that truly deliver the uncompromising and reliable product performance which is required in tough environments and add to the “long-time safety aspect” for both – operators and equipment.


New PolyVent High Airflow Brings Next-Generation Performance to GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series

Posted November 4, 2015

Gore's new PolyVent High Airflow introduces a new level of protection for outdoor enclosures up to 50 l. It provides TWICE the airflow with the same reliable IP as the prior-generation vent, and has an improved O-ring that is UL-rated for flammability resistance. PolyVent High Airflow provides advanced protection against the extreme conditions that can damage seals and sensitive electronics.

Press Release

New GORE® PolyVent High Airflow for Extreme Weather Delivers Twice the Airflow and Improved Flammability Resistance

Posted November 4, 2015

W. L. Gore & Associates announces the launch of its next-generation PolyVent High Airflow, which advances the performance capabilities of GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series.

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