The call came from Kyra Xavia, of the Lightwise Guild, at yesterday's DCC public forum, as she urged councillors to reconsider plans for white light 3000K LED lights across much of the city.
Her group was still pushing for a wider rollout of warmer, amber 2200K lights, as the whiter lights planned for Dunedin were ''unsafe'' for humans and wildlife alike.
To illustrate her point, she brought in a 2200K amber LED light manufactured overseas, and switched it on for councillors and insisted: ''We can do better.''
The council earlier this year confirmed its plans to replace the city's ageing network of high-pressure sodium lights with new 3000K LED lights, beginning with outer areas including the Taieri, Saddle Hill and Strath Taieri.
The council will move on to inner-city suburbs next year, and aims to complete the $15 million project in mid- 2021.
The NZ Transport Agency is funding 85% of the cost of the upgrade.