Concerned Dubbo residents are asking questions of Dubbo Regional Council and Essential Energy relating to the region's new LED street lights.
One such resident, Kerry Palmer, who resides on Taylor street, says she's heard from a number of other residents who have had issues with the lights and said her attention was brought to the issue when a nearby streetlight began shining into her home.
"That's how I became aware of it, was having the light come in, that's not my main issue that I have, however," Ms Palmer said.
"We have lights from several directions now kind of impacting on our property and also at Geurie in the village there, they have them in there along the main street at this stage and the lights are a lot brighter than the previous ones."
While she says other residents have spoken to her about having trouble sleeping because of the new lights, her primary concern is to do with light pollution.
"One of the main benefits, I think, of getting to live out here in the bush is you get to go out, look up and see all the stars up there, it's awesome," Ms Palmer said.
"It's one of the things people love to do when they come here, out at Geurie; we'd walk up the billy goat hill and just lie on the ground and stare at the sky, because it's all there."
Ms Palmer says while she appreciated the energy and cost saving premise of the new LED lights, she's concerned that their usage could cause light pollution across the sky and wants to know more.
"I'd like to know if there is an impact they expect," Ms Palmer said.
"I think the street lighting program is a great initiative by council with regards to the cost saving benefits, what I want to know is the impact of the increased, obtrusive lighting."
"We know intense lighting can have health impacts with loss of sleep and it can have an impact on our native animal populations as well."
In a statement, a spokesperson for Essential Energy said that LED lights are 'better controlled' and ensures residents are 'less likely to experience light spilling into their homes'.
"Essential Energy has received a small number of comments from the general public around regional NSW about the LED lights, and is responding to their concerns," the spokesperson said.
DRC's Organisational Sustainability Co-ordinator, Catriona Jennings, said that residents concerned about glare issues could approach council to request glare shields and vandal guards to address the issue and also stated that the lights to be used in residential areas were preferred by workers at the Siding Springs Observatory.
"LED street light technology has many benefits to the local community including the reduction of both direct upward waste light and indirect or reflective light from road surfaces," Ms Jennings said.