A power boosted source of broadband optical power comprising a broadband light source, optical fiber amplifier and a relative intensity noise reduction system. The optical fiber amplifier amplifies the power level of the optical input signal to provide a power boosted source of broadband optical power out of an output port. A coupler samples a portion of the broadband optical power out of the output port as a sample portion signal. A detector and transimpedance amplifier detect the optical signal and provide a buffered signal having an instantaneous amplitude that faithfully characterizes the intensity of the sample portion signal. A bandpass amplifier amplifies the buffered signal and provides an output control signal to a light source responsive to a composite bias and control current for providing an output optical signal. The output optical signal is coupled to the input of the optical fiber amplifier to be the optical input signal to the optical fiber amplifier. The output optical signal from the ELED has a substantially constant output intensity level and smooth and bell shaped broad band spectrum with a center optical wavelength within the gain bandwidth of the optical fiber amplifier.