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.
PH 5 in new, bright versions
PH 5 celebrates its 50th anniversary. Louis Poulsen commemorates the birthday by introducing PH 50, a special version of the famous fixture, a bright spot in your interior design.
For five decades, PH 5 has proven its unique ability to blend into all types of interiors. We now introduce the 2008 version, PH 50, in five completely new colours that present new decorative options – without changing Poul Henningsen’s design or the excellent ideas underlying the light processing.
Where the classic PH 5 version comes with matt surface, the new PH 50 models have high-lustre surfaces, which give, together with the new colours, the fixture its novel look.
The bright colours are Chili Red, Mint Blue, Wasabi Green, Coconut White and Olive Black.
Options abound; mix colours above your dining table, create simple, harmonious interiors with new colour combinations, suspend the fixtures in clusters or solitary. PH 50 will add to your interior decoration, lit or unlit.
PH 5 was first introduced at the exhibition "Glass, light and colours" at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen in 1958 as a classic novelty. At the time, no one could foresee that PH 5 would one day come to be the epitome of a PH fixture.
PH 5 was the embodiment of all the experience Poul Henningsen had reaped during more than 30 years’ research into lighting. In PH 5, Poul Henningsen combined the three-shade and the four-shade fixtures to create a pendant that integrated downlight and diffused room illumination.
For a number of years, PH 5 has only been available in white and graphite but was originally introduced in a variety of colours. In introducing the five new colours, Louis Poulsen is accommodating massive appeals from the market. The new PH 50 is at once classic and modern and will add fresh vitality to many different interiors.
As PH 5, PH 50 comes with E 27 lamp holder and can therefore be fitted with 1x23W TC-TSE or 200W incandescent lamps.
The antiglare disc is red on the inside to ensure a warm tone of light, even when PH 50 is fitted with energy-saving light sources.
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.