If something seems different about the Navy base — particularly at night, around the piers where the big ships are tied up — it’s not the imagination playing tricks.
The former bright lights on the tall poles have been replaced with softer, light-emitting plasma fixtures, also known as LEP lights.
There’s no more glare.
The harsh yellowish light emitted from the piers at night has been replaced by the soft, blue-white glow of the plasma lights.
Not only is it easier on the eyes, it’s easier on the environment and Naval Station Everett’s budget.
The lights have been replaced on all 11 of the 80-foot poles at the piers, said Ray Smalling, energy program manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, an Everett-based Navy company that works on facilities.