old thread but I thought I'd post in the off chance it helps someone. Here's how I get the bulb out of the grille:
1. wrap one tip of a pair of needle nose pliers with electrical tape, two or three times around should be plenty
2. pull the tape off the pliers, retaining the "hole" in the tape
3. put the tape from the pliers on the bulb
4. gently squeeze the wrapped bulb with the pliers and remove
Obviously, you don't want to squeeze too hard and break the bulb.