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Document And Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jul. 01, 2017
Jul. 28, 2017
Document Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name LITTELFUSE INC /DE  
Entity Central Index Key 0000889331  
Trading Symbol lfus  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-30  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   22,712,629
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jul. 01, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false