We demonstrate efficient, molecular organic white-light-emitting devices using vacuum-deposited thin films of red luminescent [2-methyl-6-[2-(2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1H, 5H-benzo [ij] quinolizin-9-yl) ethenyl]-4H-pyran-4-ylidene] propane-dinitrile (DCM2), doped into blue-emitting 4, 4′ bis [N-1-napthyl-N-phenyl-amino]biphenyl (α-NPD), and green-emitting tris-(8-hydroxyquinolinato) aluminum(III) (AlQ3). The luminescent layers are separated by a hole-blocking layer of 2,9-dimethyl, 4,7-diphenyl, 1,10-phenanthroline (BCP), whose thickness is on the order of a typical Förster transfer radius of 30–40 Å. Excitons formed on α-NPD sequentially transfer their energy via a Förster mechanism to AlQ3 across the BCP layer, and from AlQ3 to DCM2. This interlayer sequential energy transfer results in partial excitation of all three molecular species, thereby producing white light emission. The thickness of the blocking layer and the concentration of DCM2 in α-NPD permit the tuning of the device spectrum to achieve a balanced white emission with Commission Internationale d’Eclairage chromaticity coordinates of (0.33, 0.33). The spectrum is largely insensitive to the drive current, and the devices have a maximum luminance of 13 500 cd/m2. At a luminance of 100 cd/m2, the quantum and power efficiencies are 0.5% and 0.35 lm/W, respectively. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.