Lambent is a word describing a type of light that is subdued or soft. A lambent glow is not a bright, blinding light.

Lambent comes from a Latin word meaning "lick," and that fact may help you remember the word: lambent lights or flames aren't solid or powerful. The light is flickering — almost like the licking of a snake's tongue. Lambent light flickers or shines softly. It's not a powerful or overwhelming light. A candle in a dark room is a great example of a lambent light. Lambent light is better for setting a mood than lighting up a room brightly.

Definitions of lambent
  1. adjective
    softly bright or radiant
    lambent tongues of flame”
    synonyms: aglow, lucent, luminous
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
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