Eh.... it looks much better without them, IMO. Right now they stick out like a sore thumb and don't look like they actually do a good job of lighting anything.
It was broken at some point -- it would HOM if you viewed it from a certain angle, but I fixed it during my Phase 2 run. Portal looks fine enough anyway -- it's got a Suspended-in-Dusk-ish fade-to-black thing going on now, and adding pipes and junk is unnecessary.
for a sec I thought someone was yelling at me