(0.2 <; x < 0.7) was grown by metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy with a GaP buffer layer on Si for visible light-emitting devices. Insertion of the GaP buffer layer resulted in bright photoluminescence of the GaAsP epilayer. Pre-treatment of the Si substrate to avoid SiC formation was also critical to obtain good crystallinity of GaAsP. Dislocation formation, microstructure and photoluminescence in GaAsP grown layer are described. A GaAsP pn junction fabricated on GaP emitted visible light (˜1.86 eV). An initial GaAsP pn diode fabricated on Si emitted infrared light.