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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jul. 01, 2018
Aug. 02, 2018
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --07-01  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jul. 01, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   110,734,011
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes