Really beautiful fixture - the color accents are subtle. It does dent easily (our contractor had to buy a replacement), so care needs to be taken at installation.
By:Cindy G. , Designer (Portland, OR)
We spent a lot of time looking for an appropriate dining room light for our Saarinen Table. Several were tried, several were looked at
This one exceeded our expectations The subtle blue and red shadings to interior components produces a beautiful light
We have spotted the lamp fixture from the ceiling with Yellow spots to give the light a warm glow when not illuminated
It really is a wonderful conversation piece and works well in our midcentury home
By:Scott P. , Homeowner (Bend, OR)
We've had this lamp for nearly twenty years, and it still looks great. Great light distribution, great shape. It really makes the room.
I will say that it's also great for CFLs -- kind of a tight space, but after you find one that fits, it hides the corkscrew shape perfectly. I do agree with the other comment that it dents easily. Ours does have a ding, but it hasn't detracted significantly.
By:Sean , Homeowner (Minneapolis, MN)
Well what can I say. I knew I would not be disappointed with this purchase and I was not. The PH5 is truely a classic and looks great above my dining room table and would look great anywhere I would decide to hang it. The only thing negative I can say is that the company that ships the fixture (not YLighting) shipped it to the wrong address. How disappointed I was when I found this out. After calling my sales representative and informing her of this issue another one was shipped out immediately. The fixture arrives very well packed and it should since it is rather delicate since it is made of spun aluminum. Be careful not to dent it when installing it. You will not be disappointed with this fixture--go ahead buy one!!!
By:int designer , Designer (Washington DC)
I love the PH5 as the pendant over my kitchen table. It is very stylish and an absolutely beautiful addition to our kitchen area.
By:Momotaro , Homeowner (las vegas)
This is the fourth purchase of the Poulsen PH5 for us...only because each time we sold homes the new owners insisted that the PH5 above our dining room table is part of the sale. We also have the PH4/3 over our kitchen table.
By:Milos , Homeowner (Beaufort, NC)
easy to install. hangs perfectly. beautiful design
By:Constance C. , Homeowner (blue bell pa usa)
Can't say enough good things about it.
By:Catherine S. , Homeowner (New York, N.Y.)
I'm Danish. In Denmark, the majority of homes have this lamp over their dinner table. I was delighted to discover that I could buy it here. After you have had this lamp, you'll never like any other dinner table lamps.
The small issues I had when installing it were:
(1) It takes some effort to find the 200W incandescent light bulb that you need for this lamp (or a dimmable CFL or LED equivalent).
(2) It took even more effort to find the tracklight power adapter I needed to hang it. It would be good if someone would offer a kit that included the track adapter and a cord already cut to the right length for hanging the lamp from an 8-foot apartment ceiling.
By:Lars P. , Homeowner (Santa Barbara, CA)
The PH 5 has an elegant design which provides more than enough light while also serving as a piece of art.
Installation was a breeze.
The only reason I give this a 4 and not a 5 is due to how the bottom piece attaches to the top piece. Be very careful when installing. The bottom piece is held in place by sliding it under 3 round holders in the top piece. The bottom piece barely slides under these holders, and I almost dropped the bottom piece during installation.
By:Wayne , Homeowner (Charlottesville, VA)
This mid-50's designed Poulsen fixture is the perfect addition to the mid-century modern home I purchased this year. It's a simple, elegant pendant fixture, but the optics are absolutely amazing. It directs light down to the dining table as well as distributing diffused light in all directions - but no glare and no direct view of the lamp source. It's amazing that lighting manufacturers can't design fixtures this well today!
By:Tim M. , Architect (Ohio)
This light looks fantastic over our kitchen table.
By:Antonio , Homeowner (Cleveland, OH)
We love this light. It's perfect for our dining table.
By:Jun Z. , Homeowner (Westfield, NJ, USA)
Like the style.
Overall lighting is okay - a little dim for my taste.
Odd style light bulb - A23. Hard to find.
Recommend dropping down to a lower height for adequate lighting.
Shade installation is delicate - need to pay attention and be careful.
By:B , Homeowner (San Carlos)
We installed this fixture in our dining room a number of years ago. Fits our '50's ranch perfectly. We have it on a dimmer switch and it really does a great job of lighting our dining room whether on its maximum setting or dimmed as an accent light. It does have a very precarious method of attaching the shade to the main fixuture by hooking three flanges on the shade around discs on the upper part. They barely hang onto the discs. Our shade fell off completely and dented very easily. Be very careful when dusting. Too expensive to replace the shade so will just live with it. Not everyone notices the fact it is not perfectly round anymore but for the two architects in the house it's the first thing we notice when walking in the room. That connection detail is a disappointment in an otherwise beautiful design.
By:Dual , Architect (Pittsburgh)
This lamp met all the specifications given. It is a very unique design, providing an ideal lighting for a dining table without lightening up the entire room. Simple lines but sophisticated.
Installation was straight forward and I had it up hanging in no time. Just wish the bulb had been more common.
By:Jutta H. , Homeowner (Wauwatosa, WI, USA)
I really love this light, we are using it as a dinning room table light and it is an art object in the space and a great conversation piece. Only comment is to take a look at other photos of the fixture as there is a blue accent on the inside face of the fins and a blue connector piece that connects the fins. These both look great but were a little bit of surprise from the y-lighting and mfr pictures
By:Jason C. , Architect (Boston, MA)
Typical Louis Poulsen...quality design, quality construction, quality light.
By:Brandon H. , Architect (Tampa, Florida)
The lights are great individually...even better in groups.
By:Brandon H. (Tampa, Florida)