These are almost certainly genuine LEGO elements. I've personally never encountered a clone brand that misused the LEGO trademark on bricks. The issue with the light that you described is well known.
TLG has adjusted the way to color is added to plastic, the color of the pigment used, and the amount of pigment used at various times. This leads bricks produced at different times to have slight color variations and differing levels of translucency. This is a known issue even in current sets. For example, LEGO is aware of an issue with the white tiles the Great Wave (31208) set:
Here's an example showing obvious color and translucency variation that was present in the tiles that was shared on the LEGO Ambassador Network: