Nicholas J. Cardello, Sr. began his career in the industry as an electrical contractor but soon decided to open up his own business as an electrical distributor. In 1947, with $327, a 1941 Chevrolet and a living room which doubled as a counter and warehouse, Cardello Electric was created. Looking for a way to better serve his customers, Nick was the first electrical wholesaler in the area that realized the need for branch locations. He was known for his continuous innovations throughout the years. Nick was an active leader, donating his time and money not only throughout the community but the world. He helped build a hospital in Peru among other philanthropic activities, all while raising 10 children alongside his wife Gloria. His service continues to be remembered annually at the Art Rooney Awards with the Nick Cardello Award honoring volunteerism.

Today, Cardello is one of the largest independent lighting & electrical distributors in the region, owned & managed by its second generation president, Matthew Cardello. We strive to remain dedicated to the values on which we were founded: lasting relationships, unparalleled service and a strong commitment to our surrounding communities. Our people are passionate about the industry and eager to assist you with your projects from concept to completion. Whether it’s a single fixture, a complete lighting package, or the tools & supplies to get the job done – Cardello is ready to serve you.

Our lighting showrooms give the you the opportunity to discover how lighting can transform the mood, experience and vision of a space. We’ve partnered with a variety of manufacturers and display a distinctive selection of premium lighting solutions as well as decorative accents. Experience a variety of fixture options/finishes, demo dimming levels, and compare lightbulb types to see the true value of quality lighting products.

Lighting Consultation and Lighting Design Services

Our expertly trained lighting consultants will work with you to determine the scope of your project, paying special consideration to your budget, personal taste, room dimensions, and more. They will guide you through the selection process and offer helpful tips, advice, and product recommendations.

Ask about price matching and our free quick ship program, direct to your door! We also offer design services, please call your local showroom for pricing and specifics.

Cardello Lighting & Electric Supply, lighting Pittsburgh since 1947!