Ranging from 2.4m to 4.3m in diameter, Essence® is both an essential money-saving machine and a work of art for commercial spaces, indoors or out. With a gearless direct-drive motor that provides quiet, comforting air movement, Essence is ideal for any space from foyers, pavilions and music venues to seaside dining and open-air theatres. A single Essence provides cooling over the same area as 64 standard ceiling fans.


Silent Operation

Gearless direct drive motor provides high torque at very low speeds, eliminating the need for a noisy gearbox


  • Motor is Wet Rated to UL standards for use indoors or out
  • Available in custom colour packages
  • Wired wall controller allows ease of operation


Full nonprorated 10 year warranty

Ease of Installation

  • Weighs less than 45.3kg (100 lbs)
  • Standard universal mount compatible with most common ceiling structures


  • Consulting-Specifying Engineer named Essence a 2014 Gold Product of the Year.
  • Honored with a Product Innovation Award in the furnishings category by Architectural Products.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council named Essence the Best Product for Energy Efficiency in its 2014 Best of Building Awards.
  • Essence received a silver A’Design Award based on its superior innovation, technology, design and creativity.
  • The A&D Trophy Awards honored Essence with a product design award in 2014.
  • BUILDINGS magazine honored Essence as a “Money-Saving Product” in its June 2015 issue.
  • The latest honor for Big Ass Fans’ Essence® is a prestigious Design for Asia Award. The contest is the Hong Kong Design Centre’s flagship program acknowledging outstanding designs with Asian perspectives.


Colour Customisation

The standard colours for Essence are silver and black. Want something different? Individualise your fan with one of our 11 classic colour upgrades, or work with our design consultants to create a shade that’s all your own.

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Featured Case Study: Cassidy Elementary School

In tall educational spaces, direct-drive HVLS Fans (like Essence) are a clear choice, especially when there is a need to minimize additional background noise and reduce the energy consumption of the HVAC units. Eric P. Steva, AIA, LEED BD+C, Ross Tarrant Architects, Lexington, Kentucky


Cassidy worked with Big Ass Fans® to install two 10-ft (3m) Essence® fans to replace the other ones. The Essence models decreased temperature differences in the space by 72 percent, and the HVAC system ran 15.7 percent less when the fans were on. Best of all for the library, the Essence fans were quiet: testing revealed only a 1.7 dBA increase in the overall noise of the space when they were running. (The previous fans nearly doubled the sound levels in the library.) Essence proved to be a perfect fit for the library, providing energy savings without interrupting learning.

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