• 42.65.Ky;
  • 78.20.–e;
  • 78.60.Fi;
  • 85.60.Jb


The development and demonstration of a highly efficient warm-white all-nitride phosphor-converted light emitting diode (pc-LED) is presented utilizing a GaN based quantum well blue LED and two novel nitrogen containing luminescent materials, both of which are doped with Eu2+. For color conversion of the primary blue the nitridosilicates M2Si5N8 (orange-red) and MSi2O2N2 (yellow-green), with M = alkaline earth, were employed, thus achieving a high luminous efficiency (25 lumen/W at 1 W input), excellent color quality (correlated color temperature CCT = 3200 K, general color rendering index Ra > 90) and the highest proven color stability of any pc-LED obtained so far. Thus, these novel all-nitride LEDs are superior to both incandescent and fluorescent lamps and may therefore become the next generation of general lighting sources. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)