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I'm Chris

People reach out to me all the time to ask questions about their automotive lighting:

  • "What Part Do I Need?"
  • "How Much for Custom Lights?"
  • "This wiring doesn't make sense, HELP!"

I have a mountain of questions I've been asked over the past 17 years building custom lights. I have helped guys just looking to take on some DIY projects, as well as car owners wanting to have a special project made just for them. 

I also answer questions from other Builders, who know what it's like to buy products, install them, show their work online, and learn how to serve their customers without going nuts!

I set up this website to hold my videos with answers to all of these questions, and point you in the direction of the best products to accomplish your goals.

Chris Darafeev


I made the following video just as a little update to where I'm at with the business during the current crisis we are all in. I hope you are safe and finding your own clarity during these crazy days. I'll make sure to update this all as I adapt to the situation a bit better :)



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If you didn't watch the video above, do that first, and then let me know what you need help with. I'll do my best to reach back out to you, and I'll send more info and ways to contact right after you submit your question.

About Me during Covid19. 

Towards the end of 2019 I knew I wanted to make a change with the business. I started planning the move to get back home, and make a giant pivot with the company. I knew I couldn't keep taking on more work, when I had more than I could handle already. Its funny, people that know nothing about building lights always think they're helping when they tell you to hire more people.

After the Holidays, I started the process of moving out from my shop, and man did that hurt my heart. I spent the last days of February really pushing hard to finish and have the shop completely empty by the last night of the month.

Fast forward a few days of moving trucks, setting up pallet racks in storage and really going through what I had, and I was spent, but I was also back home, and I felt super good about it. While I was so busy with everything during the move, I didn't really take any time to look into what was going on in the world. I was actually too busy watching YouTube Videos about skateboarding, and squeezing in as much time at the local skateparks as I could.

About a week after being home I was actually stoked that it was daylight saving time. We got an extra hour of sunlight, and that meant I could get out there and skate. Within a few days from then, we started really hearing more and more about Covid19. By the 13th, we got word back that my boy's school was being closed, and the next day you couldn't find a roll of toilet paper to save your life.

In a live stream I did on March 17th, I was admittedly shaken up about it, unsure of how bad things would get, and already under a ton of pressure to finish setting up my new workshop and get back to building lights. I honestly couldn't focus, and I had a ton on my plate from way before the move, let alone the new setup, and starting a totally new routine.

I tell you all of this, because I still barely know which way is up. I'm used to being massively confident, and optimistic to a fault. For the first time, I've really had to stop, and just question what I'm doing, and why I'm doing it.
I needed to setup shop, make videos to help people, build lights to satisfy orders I was paid for, ship out orders, and answer calls, texts, DMs, etc. that were flying in like always... but I only had the bandwidth to do maybe 2 of those 5 things at best.

Its now the end of April, 2020. I just had my 36th birthday, and I've spent a ton of time over the last month just being safe at home with my wife and boys, trying to make sense of what I'm supposed to do. I'm sure the typical 20 something single car dude isn't thinking like I am right now, but all I know is that I am taking care of my family, because they need me right now. If the business takes a huge hit, so be it.

Having said all of that, this is what I want to do everything I can to accomplish...

I want to create opportunity for others. Sure I want people to buy my online courses, and order LED bulbs, and spend money at FlyRyde, but more than ever, I need to know that what I'm working for is a lot bigger than that. I need to know that the time I'm not spending with the most important people in my life, isn't being wasted on things that can wait, or things I shouldn't even be doing at all.

I don't know what the future holds, but I know I can help a ton of other people with my unique gifts and talents, and I really want to do that. So I'll be trying hard, and I'll be focused on the things that matter most to me along the way. You certainly don't have to be, but I'll ask that if you're someone waiting on me for something, please hang in there. Try to stay patient if you can, and stay safe just like I'm trying to do.

I look forward to updating this down the road, and talking about a bunch fun stuff, and goofy stories about my business. Right now though, this is what I thought you should know about me.