A hybrid electroluminescent (EL) device comprises at least one inorganic diode element and at least one organic EL element that are electrically connected in series. The absolute value of the breakdown voltage of the inorganic diode element is greater than the absolute value of the maximum reverse bias voltage across the series. The inorganic diode element can be a power diode, a Schottky barrier diode, or a light-emitting diode.
 This invention was first conceived or reduced to practice in the performance of work under contract DE-FC26-00NT40989 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention.