In keeping with the highest industry standards, employees at Candela Systems Corporation are certified both nationally and locally. Through the interNational Association of Lighting Management Company (NALMCO) our employees receive the following certifications:

  • CALT certification – Certified Apprentice Lighting Technician
  • CSLT certification – Certified Senior Lighting Technician
  • CLMC certification – Certified Lighting Management Consultant
  • OSHA 10-hour Training Course
  • OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • COSS Training
  • Asbestos Limited Handlers Certified
  • Lead Paint Awareness Certified

At Candela Systems Corporation, we pride ourselves on being a multi-state licensed provider of a wide range of turnkey electrical contracting services. Our commitment to excellence, education and technological advancement means you can rest assured that we’ll get the job done in a responsible and professional manner.
Technological advances happen quickly, and at Candela Systems Corporation, we’re committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry. To ensure accuracy and efficiency, every employee must uphold these standards. Candela Systems Corporation employees participate in continuing educational courses and seminars, and are knowledgeable on the latest industry developments. Our commitment to ongoing education led to the development of an in-house job-training course that we require for new employees.

Candela Systems Corporation employees hold Master Electrical Licenses in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Rockland County, New York
  • New York, New York
  • Putnam County, New York
  • Sullivan County
  • Suffolk County, New York
  • Westchester County, New York
  • North Carolina
  • Philadelphia and Other Jurisdictions, Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico



Founder, President and CEO James S. Bernardo has over 30 years experience in the Energy Services industry. Mr. Bernardo founded Candela Systems Corporation in 1994. His career began in 1986 working in various capacities, as a foreman and field supervisor, division manager and installation supervisor. After working in and watching the industry for 8 years, Mr. Bernardo saw the benefits and positive aspects of using energy efficient lighting, not only for the client but for the environment as well. Presented with an opportunity, Mr. Bernardo found Candela Systems Corporation in 1994. Built upon Mr. Bernardo’s philosophy that our children’s future is dependent upon environmental preservation and conservation, Candela Systems Corporation has been on the forefront of technological advances. In the last 30 years, Candela Systems Corporation has championed energy efficient lighting systems, partnering with the EPA on the former Green Lights Project and Energy Star Program.

Candela Systems Corporation is a New York State Certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise

To date, James Bernardo is the inventor of two U.S. patents. Mr. Bernardo holds certificates as a Lighting Certified (LC) by the NCQLP National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC) by NALMCO Inter National Association of Lighting Management Companies, and a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) by AEE Association of Energy Engineers. He is also a past Vice President of the Certification Chair for and currently a member and committee chair of NALMCO and the past President and current member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). Mr. Bernardo currently serves on the Board of IMTI, the Industrial Management Training Institute. In the past, Mr. Bernardo has served as a judge at the annual BOCES Electrical Competition.