Glenda. Separately group (or use components) your ceiling, roof, all walls and the floor. Give them ceiling, wall and floor Tag etc.(Layers). Then you can hide the parts that are blocking your view by switching off view of the tag. I locate lights by hiding the floor and taking a view upward. I also move them around from above like a lighting plan where I can either see the fixture against the ceiling face or use x-ray view to see through the ceiling. Sometimes I hide the walls or simply use a view inside the room. Navigating a model is part of the process that you will find easier the more you model. SketchUp, unlike some design tools does not give you a built-in lighting layout mode, but you have to find your own way.
If you know how to make a screen shot (every designer should learn–very useful), you can just drag it into this message window. Or drag in a SketchUp file it that helps show what you are trying to do.
attached are screenshots looking up at the ceiling lights
(in parallel projection as for a plan) and down at indirect lights in another ceiling.