Ambient Lighting is similar to general lighting which provides overall illumination for a room, and is intended to create a uniform light level throughout a space, independent of any special lighting that may be needed in targeted areas of a room. In most home settings, when a person steps into a room and flips on a switch, ambient lighting illuminates the space. Ambient lights is the most popular and cost effective lighting used in a kitchen.
For many people in urban and semi urban India, the kitchen has become the hub of the home and, hence, needs to be functional and comfortable, aspects that can be tied together with the right lighting. For kitchen designs, the ultimate purpose of lighting is to make the navigation of a room as simple as possible so that there is least conflict with the other deign parameters.
However innovative mood lighting techniques can be used by installing a dimmer in place of a simple on-off switch. Diffused white light is the most common and arguably the best choice for ambient light in the kitchen, both from the perspective of aesthetics and cost effectiveness. Moreover, since majority of the kitchens are located just off a frequently visited room, like the dining hall or living room, it is advisable to be able to lower the lighting levels once the food preparation is over.
It is virtually impossible to design a kitchen without ambient lights, whether the choice is between recessed lighting cans, hanging chandeliers, or other forms of general lighting.
However for specific purposes, task lights and accent lights are also utilized by kitchen designers.
It is critical to understand that the end result required for the kitchen is ultimately a warm and inviting environment that works with the other design elements to create a practical workspace and lively entertainment area.