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Louis Poulsen

PH 5


The fixture provides a comfortable, glare-free light based on the principle of Poul Henningsen’s reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downward. It emits a lateral light as well as illuminating itself, providing a soft radiance from within its core. The lower shade is fitted with a frosted-glass diffuser to ensure that the downwardly directed light is 100% glare-free.

Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 in response to constant changes in the shape and size of incandescent bulbs, creating a lamp that could be used with any light source. 

The iconic design is based on the same principles as Henningsen’s three-shade system, which ensures that the light is soft, pleasant and completely glare-free, making it the perfect dining room table lamp. 

Originally, the PH 5 was fitted with red and blue shades to improve the colour of the light, however these have been removed in later designs as modern light sources reproduce daylight much more effectively than they did in 1958.

Available in a number of different colour variations, the PH 5 is a much-loved and well-known pendant, that is found in many homes around the world.

10.5"H x 19.5"Ø Cable Length: 144"

Light Source:
1x22W A-21/medium

Shades: Spun Aluminum
Struts: Rolled Aluminum 
Bottom Diffuser: Sandblasted Glass

If in stock, please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. If not in stock, please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery.


Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) was a highly influential Danish designer, architect, writer, and cultural critic, renowned for his pioneering work in lighting design, which remains integral to Louis Poulsen’s heritage. Born in Copenhagen to writers Agnes Henningsen and Carl Ewald, Henningsen initially practiced functionalist architecture but became famous for his innovative lighting designs. During WWII, he briefly served as the head architect for Tivoli Gardens before fleeing to Sweden, where he joined a community of Danish artists.


Established in 1874 as a lighting manufacturer, Louis Poulsen has become one of the world's leading producers of lighting. This success is attributed to collaborations with renowned designers and architects like Arne Jacobsen, Øivind Slaatto, Poul Henningsen, and Verner Panton.

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