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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Apr. 01, 2018
May 03, 2018
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --04-01  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Apr. 01, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   110,634,371
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes