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PH 50 pendant light, 1958

Designed by Poul Henningsen
Manufactured by Louis Poulsen
Product code: LOP-5741*


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PH 50 pendant light by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen.

Rooted in a painstaking analysis of the reflective qualities of light, Poul Henningsen's PH 5/PH 50 light is recognised as a classic of Danish design and is notable for its innovative glare-free form and uniform illumination.

Henningsen developed the PH 5 pendant light in 1958 in response to constant changes to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs by bulb manufacturers. The light derives its name from the 50cm diameter of the shade. Irrespective of how the light is installed or the light source used, the PH 5 is completely glare-free, due Henningsen's ingenious three-shade system.

The integration of a red cone and a coloured reflector inside the shade also generates a warmer tone of light by subduing the green-yellow light generated (human eyes are most senstitive to this region of the spectrum).

The PH 50 extends the colour range of the original matt finish PH 5 with five new high-gloss, wet-painted finishes. The PH 50 range was released in 2008, in celebration of the PH 5's fiftieth anniversary.

Shade and reflectors are made of spun aluminium, with rolled aluminium struts.

Supplied with ceiling cone and 3m white textile cable. Max weight: 2.5kg

The PH 50 is available in chilli red, coconut white, mint blue, olive black and wasabi green gloss finishes. To view the PH 5 matt finishes, see 'More products in this range' below.

Light source: 1x200w E27 bulb (not included). IP 20 rating.

Shade: 50dia x 28.5cmh

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PH 50 pendant light


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Made-to-order: 4-6 weeks

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