What Is Ambient Lighting and How Can It Be Used In Your Home

What is Ambient Lighting

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2023

Often, the correct utilisation and placement of lighting can be overlooked, causing an impressive room with a beautiful interior to be downplayed. Ambient lighting provides overall illumination to a room, allowing your home to look openly inviting. Find out how ambient lighting can set the perfect tone for your home below. 

What is ambient lighting?

Sometimes known as general lighting, ambient lighting creates a welcoming atmosphere with a sense of warmth and depth, as well as serving as the primary source of light for specific rooms.

Usually soft and warm, ambient lighting provides a comfortable level of illumination without too much glare, allowing you to enjoy your space with just the right amount of light. 

A range of lights can be used to create the perfect atmosphere for your home, including decorative lighting fixtures such as chandeliers or pendants, track lights, recessed or downlights lights, and wall or ceiling-mounted lighting fixtures.

How to build ambient lighting 

Depending on the style of your space, different types of lights can be mixed to create layers in each room, or used individually. The vast range of lightbulbs and lamps available means you can set the mood for each room in your house. 


Often using sustainable LED bulbs, downlights are a versatile way to give your home a  cosy, warm feeling. Subtle and discreet, downlights can be fixed inside ceilings, walls or panelling. For example, within a bedroom, downlights can be nested within the T-section moulding of your headboard, with drivers hidden behind the bed. Although invisible within the day, these lights illuminate the wall by your headboard, helping send you to sleep with softer, hidden lighting. 

YESSS Electrical also supply dimmable versions of downlights, which are appropriate all year round. Adjusting brightness levels as the day turns into night means you can enjoy your space without disrupting the ambience with a main light. 


One of the more flexible types of lighting, lamps can be easily moved around to change up your space and create a different feel within your home. Due to the range of decorative shapes and sizes lampshades and bulbs on the market, lamps can add ambience to multiple rooms around your house. As LED technology continues to advance, LED bulbs are now available in a range of shades to suit your space, from warmer tones to frosted colours.  


Chandeliers and pendants 

For those looking to make a statement, chandeliers or pendants are perfect. Not only do they add a touch of luxury to your space, they often come fixed with multiple bulbs which cast a serene glow. Although this light may not reach throughout the entirety of a large space, it can light up a considerable section of the room to highlight any key areas or focal points. 

Flush-mounted ceiling lights 

Ideal for kitchen worktops that need plenty of strong light, this type of ambient lighting fits directly to the ceiling and shines downward. This means that this kind of lighting is well-suited for rooms with lower ceilings, or stove areas in which you can illuminate a key area. Just like chandeliers and pendants, flush-mounted ceiling lights do not cast a wide net, so they are perfect for cooking or kitchen tasks, where they can be supplemented with other light sources.


Light up your home with YESSS Electrical

As detailed in this article, ambience is essential to the comfort of your home, and can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of any room. It provides soft illumination, that’s perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere or highlighting certain features in your space. 

With so many options available, it's easy to find the right ambient light solution for your needs. Whether you choose track lighting, chandeliers, downlights or lamps, you'll be sure to achieve the desired effect with some careful consideration. 

Why not explore what types of lighting we have in stock today by contacting our helpful, friendly team at YESSS Electrical?

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