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A novel packaging configuration for high-power phosphor-converting white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) application is reported. In this packaging configuration, a thermal-isolated encapsulant layer was used to separate the phosphor coating layer from the LED chip and the submount. Experimental and finite-element method simulation results proved that this thermal management can prevent the heat of LED chip from transferring to the phosphor coating layer. The surface temperature of the phosphor coating layer is a 16.8degC lower than that of the conventional packaging at 500-mA driver current for 1-mm power GaN-based LED chip. Experimental results also show that this packaging configuration can improve the light-emitting power performance and color characteristics stability of the white LED, especially under high current operating condition.