PH 5

  • PH 5
  • PH 5
  • PH 5
  • PH 5

PH 5

Design year:
Design type:
Lighting, Pendant
28.5 cm |11.2 inches
50 cm |19.7 inches
No. of bulbs:
Bulb socket size:
Max Watt:
200 W
Blue, Purple, Red, White
Aluminum (Powder coated), Brass (Lacquered)
* Variations are separated by comma [ , ] while Combinations are separated by slash [ / ]

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About the design

PH 5 is a beautiful large top tier Danish design piece by the “Master of Light” himself – Poul Henningsen, for Louis Poulsen. If you want classic iconic Danish design lighting – you won’t come much closer than this!

Delicate aluminum shades, powder coated white, carefully arranged on colored brass “spacers” and around the blue and red diffuser-shades makes this gorgeous light, a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

Emitting the trademark PH glare-free light – soft and diffused – it has endless uses in the stylish modern home. A true beauty alight as well as idle.

PH 5 was designed by Poul Henningsen (PH) in 1958 and was introduced as “a classic novelty”. Little did anyone know at that time, that the PH 5 would eventually become synonymous with the PH lamp.

The fixture was named PH 5 referring to the main screen’s diameter of 50 cm. Poul Henningsen wanted to improve the color rendering properties of the light source in the PH 5. The result being that he fitted smaller red and blue reflector-shades to provide color supplements, in the spectrum where the eye is less sensitive – namely red and blue. In turn weakening the light in the middle area – the yellow-green – where the eye is most sensitive.

The ultimate glare-free light emits from the unique PH multi-shade system. Developed and conceived in pure raw unadulterated fury over the myriads of bulbs in a variety of sizes available to the contemporary consumer. The PH 5 pendant was designed to handle a wide array of light sources.

Though out his life it became a mission for Poul Henningsen (PH) to create and perfect “the glare-free light” – excluding sharp direct light emittance from the bulb, and directing the light to where it’s needed, and at the same time casting off soft shadows.
The principle behind being the reflecting multi-shade system, based on a logarithmic spiral , where the focal point of the light source is placed in the center of the spiral.

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PH 5 by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1958
Poul Henningsen (PH)
Louis Poulsen
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