We report on the fabrication and properties of single layer blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based on conjugated polymer blends. We have used poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO) as the host and a hole transport triarylamine/fluorene copolymer as the guest. Despite the fact that the photoluminescence quantum efficiency of the blend is lower compared than that of the host and guest polymers on their own, an enhancement in both the electroluminescence quantum and power efficiency is seen for the blend. This observation indicates that the hole transport material leads to a significant improvement in hole injection and transport and a greatly improved charge carrier balance factor. A careful comparison of the photoluminescence and the electroluminescence spectra reveals that more emission originates from the guest polymer for electroluminescence than for photoluminescence. This can be rationalized by the expectation that both Forster transfer and charge transfer from the host to the guest occur under electrical operation of the device. Only Forster transfer is expected for optical excitation. A much higher brightness and a lower turn on and operating voltage is achieved for the blend. The emission from our optimized blue single layer LED reaches a maximum brightness of 1550 cd/m2 and has a maximum external quantum efficiency of .4% and a maximum power efficiency of 0.3 lm/W.© (1999) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.