2/23...paint is on and lights hooked up! Id give myself about a B+ on spackling. But I am very happy with the amount of light in the room and still don't have a center light picked out or mounted yet. Because of the <7' ceiling height I think I will get a low profile LED "flush mount" similar to those members shared. I decided to leave 1 wall white for added brightness and for taking nice pictures of guns next time I have to sell to buy a new one or for diaper money, haha. I plan on buying one of those 48" folding wall mounted benches for the white wall. This will aid in working on guns and also save on space. I will be moving my stuff down there today but will be putting off building all my shelving and start focusing on my wife who is due in 7 days! Thanks for all the help/comments. Sheetrock is up as of 2/13...i guess I will update as I go in case anyone is curious. Thanks again to everyone who gave me suggestions, ideas, comments, support, and even constructive criticism. Hi all...before I get in too deep with expensive materials I figured I would ask for some advise. I have a smaller 1300 sq ft two story home with a nice 11x13 room with a bow window on the first floor that I have one of the harbor freight benches set up. The room is mine and has everything from a computer on a 1950s industrial desk (inside the bow window area) to the bench, a small gun cabinet all my hunting gear and stackable bins with parts, cases of primers, random gun related junk. We are having our first child due in about 5 weeks and all the baby stuff fills up more than the second story bedroom so I thought it's a good time to relocate my hobby to the basement...which is only about 4 ft below grade and from the concrete floor to bottom of floor joists just under 6'8". It is very dry and I have framed out an area directly underneath my current gun/reloading room. Over all the floor plan is about the same but with 1.5ft less of ceiling height. However having no garage, this is the area where I had previously had a 7ft bench and some metal shelving for tools. The area will have bench on each side of the room with about 6ft of floor space between the 2 benches. I have plenty of new outlets already set up and on their own breakers and plan to drywall soon. To condense space I plan on having a 18"wide by 22" deep floor -to-ceiling shelf on each side of the reloading and build about a 6' bench with shelves underneath for bigger items. The bench will be 22" deep. On the other side I will have a 8' x 30" deep bench for my drill press,and vise, grinder and the majority of my power tools and building related equipment under that bench and maybe a wall shelf or two . The miter saw will be on the bench but I don't plan on doing any cutting down there. The bow window area will about 30" deep and I plan to do a sort of built-in style shelf going up to the window and that will square out my floor. I have 3 switches to control lighting on each side and in the middle. I was planning on doing recessed lights 3 on each side and 2 above the built in shelf, and a center light in the room. I like to think that I won't be here forever so I'd like to have it that the next owner can have a nice finished room as an extra bedroom or at least a small TV room/play room so I am not trying to go full on work area. My $10000 question is what do I do about lighting? I like the "buy more than I need and return what I don't use" mentality so I've bought a 6 pack of Halo 6" LED lights that have a 975 lumen brightness and mount directly to one of the round boxes typical of light fixtures, I've also bought a 4 pack of home Depot brand recessed led lights that have no housing and just have springs that hold the light firm against drywall after slipping the connectors and box in the hole to just sit on top of the drywall. What I like about these is that you can change the warmth from daylight, bright white and warm light with a little switch that connects the light to the mini housing. Lastly.I bought a 4ft section of led shop light that has a 4k lumen rating and figured maybe use this over the work bench. By having a flat white ceiling and most likely flat white walls (unless i paint them gray...left over from an apartment job) should I be concerned about having enough light with what I proposed? I know it's a relatively small space but I always want it to be as bright as possible without shadows when reloading or working on guns. Anyone have good/bad results with recessed lighting in a reloading room? Keep in mind that I will most likely have 6.5' of height so I am worried I will have too much concentration of light from the recessed lighting...if so, should I just return them and get all led strips (like florescent but much lower profile)? I will clean up the area in a bit and get some pictures. I plan on insulating all around too so maybe that will help get a better idea of light output.