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Yes, the problem you are experiencing is a subclass of general flare and ghosting issues, often called "red dot flare" (see also: What causes lens flare?). The reason for the grid or array appearance is because some of the bright incoming light is reflected off the actual microlens lens array ("individual" tiny lens for each sensor pixel) back towards the ...
The job of the camera lens is to project a miniature image of the outside world onto the surface of the image sensor / film. To accomplish, light rays from the scene transverse the lens. These rays are caused to change their direction of travel. The revised path traces out the shape of an ice cream cone. In other words, the camera lens causes light rays to ...
Looks like a reflection in the lens. Bright lights often cause spots in other parts of the photo when the light bounces around inside the lens, and in this case the spot is much dimmer so actually looks like an unlit bulb.
It is a lens flare, a secondary and dimmer image of the bright light bulb caused by a part of the light not making it straight to the sensor but reflecting around inside the lens first.
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