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I'm using the Lightsphere® and am getting weird circular patterns or glowing areas on my images. Is something defective about the product?

Your Lightsphere® is not defective.
These abnormalities are commonly referred to as lens flare. The reason for lens flare is that errant light is bouncing around inside the elements of your lens. This can be from direct bounce or from an angle. We strongly suggest using a lens hood/shade when photographing and always been mindful of shiny surfaces or reflective materials.
For further insight on lens flare and the optics lenses, we suggest this Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_flare