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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jul. 02, 2017
Aug. 03, 2017
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --07-02  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jul. 02, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   110,214,600
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes