Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system.

Anti Glare Disc Finish
Untreated Spun Copper
Cable Length
300cm
Cable Type
White Textile
Canopy
Yes
Electric Shock Protection
II wo/ground
Energy Class
A+ - E
Finish
Polished Copper
Height
26.7cm
Ingress Protection
IP20
Lamp Diameter
50cm
Light Source
E27
Max Wattage
1x75W
Max Weight
2.5kg
Note
Please note that the copper anti-glare surface is untreated. This means that the surface will change over time and develop a patina. This process may have already begun when the product is delivered.
Secondary Finish
Matt Powder Coated White
Shade Material
Spun Copper
Struts Finish
White
Suspension Type
Cable 2x1mm²

The fixture provides 100% glare-free light. 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

Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by 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. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).

Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the fondation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen.


Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen creates sculptural pieces that can do as much to enhance a space when unlit as when they’re in use.