Essence | Big Ass Fans
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Ranging from 8- to 14-ft. (2.4 – 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 lobbies, pavilions and music venues to seaside dining and open-air theaters.
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Gearless Direct Drive Motor

  • 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 color packages
  • Wired wall controller or wireless controller upgrade allow ease of operation

Ease of Installation

  • Weighs less than 100 lbs (45.3kg)
  • 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.

Control Options

  • Be the master of your domain. Essence® has several control options available—check them out!
  • Easily control the power and speed of your Essence fan with the rotary-style dial of the wall controller. A wired wall controller comes standard; wireless wall control is available.
  • Add SmartSense™ to automatically adjust your fan’s speed based on temperature changes and seasonal conditions.
  • Integrate Essence into your facility’s fire suppression system and keep employees safer.
  • Integrate starting, stopping and speed control capabilities of Essence into your building automation system.

Year-round Energy Savings

Big Ass overhead fans work with your HVAC to provide significant energy savings.

  • In summer, the fans’ cooling effect means the a/c can be set several degrees higher.
  • In winter, fans push the heat down from the ceiling, decreasing the work of your heater and leading to savings as high as 30 percent.

Unrivaled Warranties

  • A full 10-year mechanical and 5-year electrical warranty comes standard with Essence.
  • Big Ass Fans handles all warranties without redirecting you to component manufacturers. We make it, we sell it, we install it and we guarantee it.


Wireless Wall Controls

Upgrade to the wireless controller to easily control your Essence

Factory-Certified Installation

  • A dedicated Big Ass Fans project manager to handle your project start to finish and forever after
  • Assurance that your fan will be installed 100% correctly, by factory-trained and certified installers who know Big Ass Fans inside and out
  • More time to run your business* while we handle the install quickly, cleanly and efficiently
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* Factory installation not available for residential applications of Essence


SmartSense is an automated system with three user modes: Winter, Summer and Manual.

  • Winter Mode: Automatically adjusts speed to minimize temperature differential between the floor and ceiling
  • Summer Mode: Increases fan speed as the floor-level temperature rises
  • Manual Mode: Takes the system off autopilot and gives the user full control of fan operation

Color Customization

The standard colors for Essence are silver and black. Want something different? Individualize your fan with one of our 8 classic color upgrades, or work with our design consultants to create a shade that’s all your own.

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Essence LED

  • Dimmable output with a max of 5,000 lumens to match changing lighting needs or just to set the mood
  • Independent controls or seamless integration into existing lighting grids
  • 4,000 and 3,000 Kelvin options
  • Connects to 110-277V circuits
  • Can be retrofitted to all Essence fans sold after April 2015

Control Essence with BAFCon

Take Advanced Control

Big Ass Fans’ premium, Bluetooth-enabled BAFCon option offers convenient manual and automated control of your building equipment and Big Ass fans from a single intuitive touchscreen.

  • Group up to eight fans per controller
  • BMS integration using Modbus, BACnet, or 0-10 V protocols
  • Automated seasonal modes with built-in SmartSense technology


Take the next step in comfort and style with Essence. Call 877-244-3267 or click below to get a quote.

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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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Essence is a blank canvas. Be sure to ask about our customization options. Call us at 877-244-3267, or request a call back below to speak with a Big Ass Fan Expert about your Essence.


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