Electroluminescent properties of silicon-rich oxide(SRO) films were studied using metal oxide semiconductor-(MOS)-like devices. Thin SRO films with 4at.% of silicon excess were deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition followed by a thermal annealing at 1100 °C. Intense continuous visible and infrared luminescence has been observed when devices are reversely and forwardly bias, respectively. After an electrical stress, the continuous electroluminescence (EL) is quenched but devices show strong field-effect EL with pulsed polarization. A model based on conductive paths - across the SRO film - has been proposed to explain the EL behaviour in these devices.