PRO: Stan Pomeranz, lighting designer, Raleigh, N.C.
SECRET: Make your room and everyone in it look better by retrofitting your existing recessed lights, says Pomeranz. Simply swap the white or black plastic baffle that lines the wall of each can for a metallic-finish reflector cone, and the drab floodlight for a 40-watt Philips Halogena bulb. Pomeranz favors this bulb for its energy efficiency and the warm glow it casts, especially when teamed with a reflector cone. The overall effect is soft, ambient light.