As integral to your home as furniture, lighting is enormously important from both a practical and aesthetic point of view, changing the way we feel about and use our spaces. And by changing lighting, we can control and adapt how we use spaces throughout the day and night.
A dining room light fixture needs to light the space well enough so that you can see what you are eating or serving, but not too bright as to dazzle the diners. The light should be focused on the table, often with a pendant hanging, but not spill over onto the surrounding area.
Lighting should be designed to match the look and feel of a space. In a home office or kitchen you will need a mixture of bright lights and more focused lighting. In rooms designed for relaxing or entertaining you might want to think about zonal lighting, with lower tones for when it’s time to kick back and relax.
Ambient lighting offers illumination across wider spaces. It is meant to create a uniform lighting level throughout a room and is generally the first layer of lighting, setting the tone of a space. That's why it's typically softer, and can be adaptable to accommodate day and nighttime situations.