PH5 blue pendant lamp

Design: Poul Henningsen

Period: 1950s

Manufacturer:  Louis Poulsen

Country of manufacture: Denmark

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Iconic piece of lightning art by Poul Henningsen designed in 1958.

The pendant was designed to hang low above a table while at the same time giving a moderate light to the surroundings. The design of the visible reflectors ensures that light is directed both vertically and horizontally. Regardless of how the lamp is installed and no matter which incandescent bulb it is furnished with, the PH 5 was and is completely glare-free. The pendant was named PH 5 because of the 50-centimeter diameter of its top shade. That specific blue was a natural choice because that color belongs to the spectrum of which the human eye is least sensitive, and at the same time it weakens the yellow/green spectrum where the eye is the most sensitive.

Some say that in Denmark approximately one in every two homes has a PH5 pendant.

“Why the hell have the blind who call themselves lighting technicians never actually looked at the colors of daylight – when that is really what gives light and life true richness?” – Poul Henningsen, 1958

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Dimensions11 x 20 in

Original condition. Wear inconsistent with age, no deep scratches or any marks lowering the aesthetics. Original cord.