Poul Henningsen developed the PH5 Pendant in 1958 in response to constant changes to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs by bulb manufacturers. The PH5 was introduced as a classic new product, and no one knew at the time that it would eventually become synonymous with the PH light. Irrespective of how the light is installed or the light source used, the PH5 is and remains completely glare-free due to its reflective three-shade system, which directs the light downwards. The fixture emits both downward and lateral light, thus illuminating itself.
At the introduction of the PH5, Poul Henningsen wrote: "After 33 years of basically Christian behaviour I have converted to Islam in my relationship to the manufacture of incandescent bulbs. For a generation I have believed that consideration for the consumer and common sense would prevail, but now I have become a fatalist. I have accepted fate, and with Louis Poulsen´s permission I have designed a PH fixture which can be used with any kind of light source, Christmas lights and 100 W metal-filament bulbs. Although a fluorescent tube would be too much to ask in the existing form!"
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. The PH5 Pendant design is also available in high gloss colors (known as the PH50 Pendant
The PH5 Classic Pendant crafted from drawn aluminum and is available in five matt finishes: Army/Dark Grey, Dark Grey/Turquoise, Pale Rose/Green, White/Pale Rose and White Classic. The canopy is white with a 144" white PVC cord. Certified cULus. Bulb is not included.
Measures: 20" Diameter x 12" H; E26 or A23 Bulb, 200 Watt Max (bulb not included)
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In the 1920s Louis Poulsen collaborated with renown and respected lighting designer Poul Henningsen to create a lighting philosophy based on function, comfort and ambience.
The essence of Louis Poulsen is to create human-friendly lighting—comfortable lighting that makes people beautiful and creates an excellent atmosphere. The philosophy continues to this day to clearly influence the minimal and functional product design—with a focus on human well-being and perception of artificial light—to help create unique lighting environments. Louis Poulsen's product designs are also admired for their quality and lasting appeal, with the result that products remain contemporary year after year.
Today the company is a leading international lighting manufacturer that produces simple, beautiful products that suit types of architecture from all cultures, both new and old.