In this paper the preliminary results of incorporating a novel active layer into a GaN light emitting diode (LED) are discussed. Integration of colloidal CdSe quantum dots into a GaN LED active layer is demonstrated. The conductivity of the overgrowth was examined by circular transmission line method (CTLM). Effects on surface roughness due to the active layer incorporation are examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). LED test devices were fabricated and electroluminescence was demonstrated, the devices exhibit higher turn-on voltages than would be expected for a CdSe active layer.