Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 in response to constant changes to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs. Irrespective of how the light is installed or the light source used, the PH 5 remains completely glare-free. To improve the colour reproduction characteristics of the light source in the PH 5, small red and blue shades were inserted to supplement the colour in the part of the spectrum where the eye is least sensitive - the red and blue areas - subduing the light in the middle yellow-green, most sensitive eye region. For higher efficiency, the metal plate was replaced with frosted glass and the light was painted using a purer white colour. To mark the 50th anniversary of the PH 5 in 2008, the PH50 was introduced - a high-gloss version in five new colours. In 2013 the PH 5 was introduced in 4 new matt colour combinations.
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|PH 5 Pendant
|Indoor / Outdoor
|Pendant Diameter: 19.68 inch, Pendant Height: 10.51 inch
|Shades and anti-glare disc: Spun aluminium, Struts: rolled aluminium.
|The fixture provides 100% glare-free light. Its design is based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs majority of the light downwards. The fixture emits both downward and lateral light, thus illuminating itself. In the PH 5 Classic, a warmer tone of light is created by the inside red cone and a small blue reflector.
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17. He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction-compared to man's need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.View All Products