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Ambient lighting is not one specific type of light, but a particular mood or atmosphere you create using a unique combination of general, task and accent lighting. By including these three types of light in every room, you have maximum flexibility in creating the widest variety of mood-enhancing lighting effects....
These compact, energy-saving fluorescents screw right into standard fixtures, and are essentially a low-pressure vapor lamp. The discharge tube is coated with fluorescent compounds, which convert the lamp's ultraviolet radiation into visible light. CFLi are available in a wide range of shapes, wattages, colors and light effects....
It's not just the type of luminaire that determines lighting characteristics, but also the type of bulb. Clear bulbs will give you strong shadows and a sparkling light effect. Coated, or 'frosted', bulbs emit a softer, gentler, more diffused light. Coatings can also be tinted to create an even warmer 'flame-like' glow....