Residents in a north-east community believe new street lights have made the area unsafe.
Aberdeenshire Council has replaced lighting in Portlethen as part of a scheme to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
However, residents claim the new LED lights are much dimmer than the previous versions and have voiced concerns over community safety.
A resident, who lives on Ninian Place, said: “The old lights were taken out without any warning and the new ones are just not bright enough. The main streets are OK but the back streets are pitch black now.
“My daughter is 19 and she leaves for work at six in the morning. She has to walk from one end of Portlethen to the other.
“I’m worried about her now because it’s just not safe. Someone is going to get mugged or hurt.”
Local councillor Colin Pike insisted the council is fulfilling its responsibility and said the new lights would reduce costs.
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He said: “By going over to LED street lights there is a massive saving both on energy and on maintenance, because they last much longer.
“We give illumination to the roads and some of the pavements, but where there are other paths going off that are not actually the council’s responsibility.
“Previously these areas were lit by overspill lighting from the street, but the LED lights are much more focused.
“I realise that people will have concerns initially but I think they will ultimately adjust and get used to it.”
A council spokesman said: “LED Lighting is our long-term programme to upgrade Aberdeenshire’s 45,334 street lights to the most economic units meeting nationally recommended minimum lighting levels.
“LED lighting is more energy efficient than old HID lanterns and helps to reduce our energy and carbon costs. Over 18,180 lanterns are now LED within Aberdeenshire.”