I have a Prescolite IBX IC rated recessed can installed in 1998 when my home was built. It is in the first floor family room that has no access to crawl space/attic.
The can was installed with an eyeball trim over the fireplace. My plan was to mount a line voltage flexible track lighting system.
After removing the eyeball trim and clipped the socket, I discovered that the can used has a square IC housing that is larger than the hole itself.
I am assuming that installing this type of can for the application was a mistake and/or laziness on the part of the contractor.
So instead of being able to remove a round can, remove the bar hanger, and retrofit as needed to create a j-box mount, I'm stuck with big square metal enclosure.
There is black/white wires coming through 1/4"-5/16" wide access flap(too small to make a connection and force back into can j-box. those wires are connected to a thermal protector with black/green wires to the socket.
So to my question.
Can I use the enclosure as a second j-box?
I want to fabricate a bracket that I can tek screw to the housing that will allow mounting of the canopy and goof plate to cover the hole.
I'd like to wire nut the black/white wires. Is it OK to tek screw the ground to the housing?
PLEASE HELP! My simple install just got complicated! . . . maybe?
Thanks in advance!