LOL! The disc-effect is real. Here's a shot I just took of my floor level 55. I've had this "Aquaneat" brand cheap ~48" strip light for 3-4yrs. It's super bright but indeed casts a glare off the glass tops enough to light up the room it's in. I just looked at the power adapter specs on this light and it says ~120V input, 69V output! Yikes that's a lot of juice unless it's a typo. I may have to meter it..I have no opinion on LEDs, I don't use them (yet) but the "disco multi-colors" of some LEDs put me off, especially the surface reflections.