High-intensity light sources illuminating the human eye may create discomfort glare, or at higher intensities even disability glare. In many office lighting conditions, light from overhead luminaires in the ceiling may deliver stray light into human eyes, and as such create discomfort glare, generally referred to as overhead glare. In this paper, overhead glare for a LED luminaire comprising amatrix array of small LED sources using subjective evaluation methodologies and theoretical models, commonly accepted to evaluate glare, were investigated. The perceived overhead glare of the LED luminaire is evaluated at various luminance levels and at different angles (i.e., between 55 and 90°) with respect to the line of sight of the viewer. The results show that a luminaire comprising a matrix of high-intensity point sources can cause overhead glare and can become glary at lower averaged luminance levels than a luminaire with a uniform light source even at high evaluation angles with respect to the line of sight of the viewer. In addition, the conventional UGR model for predicting discomfort glare needs adaptation for a reliable prediction of perceived overhead glare of complex LED luminaires consisting of a matrix of small-sized high-intensity light sources. © Copyright 2011 Society for Information Display.